Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications
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This state-of-the-art volume synthesizes the growing body of knowledge on the role of distress tolerance—the ability to withstand aversive internal states such as negative emotions and uncomfortable bodily sensations—in psychopathology. Prominent contributors describe how the construct has been conceptualized and measured and examine its links to a range of specific psychological disorders. Exemplary treatment approaches that target distress tolerance are reviewed. Featuring compelling clinical illustrations, the book highlights implications of the research for better understanding how psychological problems develop and how to assess and treat them effectively.
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"With the prominence of distress tolerance in so many problems, including anxiety, traumatic stress, depression, substance use disorders, and personality disorders, this book fills a vacuum in the literature. It brings together new insights regarding the onset and maintenance of psychopathology and presents direct implications for prevention and treatment. The volume contains a wealth of useful information, including measures of distress tolerance, tables summarizing the literature in each area, developmental and theoretical perspectives, biological underpinnings, and applications to specific disorders. Every clinician and clinical researcher would profit from reading this book, and it is a 'must read' for clinicians-in-training. This book will change how you think about the patients you treat--appropriate distress tolerance is at the center of what we do as clinicians."--Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD, ABPP, Director, Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, Emory University School of Medicine
"The first volume of its kind. The contributors are experts in their respective areas who provide valuable information on the nature and clinical relevance of distress tolerance. Illuminating the broad impact that distress tolerance and its associated features have on the development, maintenance, and treatment of psychological disorders, this text would be a welcome addition to the reading list of an advanced psychopathology course."--Shireen L. Rizvi, PhD, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"Given the growing interest in and widespread applicability of distress tolerance, the field has desperately needed a book like this one. A major strength of this book is its careful, theoretically coherent approach to defining the construct under discussion. Chapters address what distress tolerance is, what it is not, and how it relates to similar constructs, along with implications for assessment and treatment of a variety of clinical problems. The editors do an excellent job of synthesizing all of this material and highlighting innovative directions for future research and treatment. This book would greatly enhance graduate-level courses in psychological intervention. It is essential reading for clinicians who want to approach emotions, distress, and distress tolerance with their clients in a theoretically and empirically grounded manner, as well as for researchers."--Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada"This important volume cogently describes the role of distress tolerance in psychological adaptation. It shows how learning to tolerate the distress associated with emotional learning is a hallmark of most empirically validated treatments. The editors and authors make a compelling case for this construct's pivotal role in psychopathology and in treatment research."--Zindel V. Segal, PhD, Cameron Wilson Chair in Depression Studies, University of Toronto, Canada