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Measuring Stress in Humans: A Practical Guide for the Field

Handbook / Manual

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 49

Edited By: Gillian Ice and Gary James

283 pages, 5 b/w photos, 14 b/w illustrations, 5 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 2012 | #199339 | ISBN-13: 9781107407589
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Hardback | Dec 2006 | #162249 | ISBN: 0521844797
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About this book

The purpose of this 2007 book is to present non-invasive methods of measuring the biological responses to psychosocial stress in humans, in non-laboratory (field) settings. Following the pathways of Seyle's General Adaptation Syndrome, the text first describes how to assess the psychosocial stressors of everyday life and then outlines how to measure the psychological, behavioral, neurohumeral, physiological and immunological responses to them. The book concludes with practical information on assessing special populations, analyzing the often-complicated data that are collected in field stress studies and the ethical treatment of human subjects in stress studies. It is intended to be a practical guide for developing and conducting psychophysiological stress research in human biology. This book will assist students and professionals in designing field studies of stress.


Part I. General Principles
1. Conducting a field study of stress: general principles Gary D. James and Gillian H. Ice

Part II. Measuring Stress Responses
2. Cultural fimensions of the dtress process: measurement issues in fieldwork William Dressler
3. Measuring the emotional and behavioral response to stressors Gillian H. Ice
4. Measuring hormonal variation in the sympathetic adrenal medullary system: catecholamines Daniel Brown
5. Measuring hormonal variation in the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis (HPA): cortisol Tessa Pollard and Gillian H. Ice
6. Measuring physiological changes in the cardiovascular system: ambulatory blood pressure Gary D James
7. Measuring immunological markers Thomas W. McDade

Part III. Practical Issues in Studying Stress
8. Special populations Sharon R. Williams
9. Study design and data analysis Gary D. James and Gillian H. Ice
10. Ethics in human subjects research Gary D. James and Gillian H. Ice
11. Epilogue: summary and future directions Gary D. James and Gillian H. Ice

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