4th Edition

Principles and Practice of Stress Management, Fourth Edition

    The leading clinical reference and text on stress management has now been significantly revised with 60% new material reflecting key developments in the field. Foremost experts review the "whats," "whys," and "how-tos" of progressive relaxation, biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis, cognitive methods, and other therapies. Chapters describe each method's theoretical foundations, evidence base, procedures, applications, and contraindications. Assessment and implementation are illustrated with extensive case examples. The volume examines the effects of stress on both mind and body, from basic science to practical implications for everyday life and health care.

    New to This Edition
    *Greatly expanded evidence base--every method is now supported by controlled clinical research.
    *Advances in knowledge about stress and the brain are integrated throughout.
    *Chapter on children and adolescents.
    *Chapter on selecting the best methods for individual patients.
    *Chapter on hyperventilation and carbon dioxide biofeedback.
    *Chapter on neuroinflammation.

    Foreword, Omer Van den Bergh
    I. Overview of Stress and Stress Management
    1. Conceptual Issues Underlying Stress Management, Robert L. Woolfolk & Paul M. Lehrer
    2. Psychophysiological and Systems Perspectives on Stress and Stress Management, Paul M. Lehrer
    3. The Psychology of Relaxation, Meditation, and Mindfulness, Jonathan C. Smith
    4. Stress, Inflammatory Cytokines, and the Brain: An Overview, Alexander W. Kusnecov, Sara Norton, & Marialaina Nissenbaum
    5. Stress and Stress Management in Children and Adolescents, Jonathan S. Comer, Laura Nelson Darling, Cristina del Busto, Erica D. Musser, & Donna B. Pincus
    II. Stress Management Methods
    - Section A. Psychophysiological Methods
    6. Psychophysiological Interventions for Stress-Related, Medically Unexplained, and Anxiety Disorders, Richard N. Gevirtz
    7. Progressive Relaxation: Origins, Principles, and Clinical Applications, F. J. McGuigan & Paul M. Lehrer
    8. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for Stress Management, Roger Solomon, Deany Laliotis, & Francine Shapiro
    9. Neurofeedback with Biofeedback for Stress Management, Michael Thompson & Lynda Thompson
    10. Biofeedback Training to Increase Heart Rate Variability, Paul M. Lehrer
    11. Capnometry-Assisted Respiratory Training: Principles and Findings, Alicia E. Meuret & Thomas Ritz
    12. Whole-Body Breathing: A Systems Perspective on Respiratory Retraining, Jan van Dixhoorn
    - Section B. Meditative Methods
    13. Modern Forms of Mantra Meditation for Stress Management, Patricia Carrington & Paul M. Lehrer
    14. Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Management, Jean L. Kristeller
    15. Qigong Therapy for Stress Management, Kevin W. Chen
    16. Yoga for Stress Management: History, Research, and Practical Details, Shirley Telles, Niranjan Kala, Ram Kumar Gupta, & Acharya Balkrishna
    - Section C. Psychotherapeutic Methods
    17. Cognitive Therapy for Stress, Robert L. Leahy & Scott Woodruff
    - Section D. Hypnotic Methods
    18. The Autogenic Training Method of J. H. Schultz, Wolfgang Linden
    19. The Treatment of Pain and Stress with Hypnosis: A Series of Emerging Literatures, Robert A. Karlin
    - Section E. Other Methods
    20. Stress Concepts in Relation to Music, Töres Theorell & Ingrid Hammarlund
    21. Walk–Talk Exercise, Stress Resilience, and Mental Health, Cristy Phillips & Wesley E. Sime
    22. Wearing the Clinical Hat, Paul M. Lehrer & Robert. L. Woolfolk


    Paul M. Lehrer, PhD, BCB, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Lehrer’s research interests include the mechanisms and applications of heart rate variability biofeedback; mind–body medicine; respiratory psychophysiology; and the clinical and physiological effects of relaxation therapies. His publications include 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is Associate Editor of the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Lehrer is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Service Award, and Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

    Robert L. Woolfolk, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He has served on the faculties of Princeton University and the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include psychopathology and psychotherapy, the philosophical foundations of psychology, and the treatment of somatoform disorders, and he has published widely in these areas. Dr. Woolfolk has maintained an active clinical practice since the 1970s. Drawing from a variety of therapeutic approaches, he has conducted therapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups. He is a past editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

    "It seems that everyone is stressed--by global health threats, by politics, by a legion of challenges that confront humankind. And with these stressors come remedies offered by pundits of varying qualification. For years, this handbook, edited by highly respected scholar-clinicians, has been a welcome resource. It provides searching, thoughtful analyses of the complexities of managing stress, integrating the scientific literature with findings from front-line clinicians. The fourth edition doesn't disappoint--Lehrer and Woolfolk have once again produced an inestimably valuable work for professionals and students."--Gerald C. Davison, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Southern California

    "Stress is a ubiquitous human experience, with sources and consequences that are highly varied. In this timely fourth edition of a classic, Lehrer and Woolfolk gather the field’s top researchers to unpack both the theory and the facts underlying stress. Chapters highlight the physiological, psychological, and social pathways to outcomes ranging from harm to resilience, and review multiple approaches to the amelioration of stress, from psychopharmacology to meditative practices. This is a rich resource for both researchers and clinicians, and a comprehensive orienting text for advanced students in this area."--Richard M. Ryan, PhD, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University; Professor Emeritus, University of Rochester

    "An encyclopedic and foundational reference. Lehrer and Woolfolk are major figures who have led the field of stress management for four decades, and who have assembled a remarkably gifted team of expert authors. This fourth edition greatly updates the scientific research, expands the list of authors, and sharpens the focus of many chapters. This book is a 'must read' for serious practitioners in stress management, and belongs on the easiest-to-reach shelf of every practitioner and researcher in the broader field of psychophysiology."--Donald Moss, PhD, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University

    "Edited by two of the most esteemed leaders in stress management, the fourth edition of this classic work contains insightful chapters bridging the gap between basic research and clinical applications. The volume reviews the conceptual basis for evidence-based interventions, physiological systems in the stress process, treatment of different populations, and a range of specific stress management methods. Each chapter is written in a clear, accessible manner that will be useful for clinicians, researchers, and graduate students in fields that integrate physical and mental health."--David S. Krantz, PhD, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences-Lehrer and Woolfolk are major figures who have led the field of stress management for four decades. Here they have assembled a gifted team of expert authors….The text…has long provided the most comprehensive scientifically informed resource for understanding stress and stress management. I highly recommend the fourth edition of Principles and Practice of Stress Management to researchers, practitioners, and graduate students alike. The book is encyclopedic in introducing a wide variety of techniques and approaches to stress management. The book is pervasively updated, drawing on the wonderful proliferation of research on therapeutic efficacy of these techniques since 2007, when the third edition was published.--Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 3/7/2022ƒƒClinicians and researchers alike working in mind/body medicine or health psychology will want to have their own copy of this foundational book on their shelf….This book is a 'must have' for anyone interested in stress management. This updated edition gives a thorough review of where stress management currently stands today, detailing best practices based on current research findings. Perhaps most importantly, all the chapters are written by accomplished authors with reputations in the field as experts (if not the top experts) on their subject, providing clinical depth in the approach and empirical grounding in the current research literature.--Biofeedback, 8/1/2022