The third volume based on the annual University of Miami Symposia on Stress and Coping, this book focuses on the role of biophysical factors in four of the greatest health problems confronting us today: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and the AIDS epidemic. In each of these disorders, stress is seen as a contributing factor that interacts with other variables such as genetic influences or constitutional factors. Accordingly, the behavioral treatments discussed are often designed to change lifestyles, reduce stress, or improve adherence to therapeutic regimens. This volume provides a solid theoretical base which should stimulate further research into biobehavioral mechanisms and treatments for the disorders it examines.
"…the chapters provide interesting, informative, and generally well-written summaries of some of the most important issues related to the most important diseases for which stress and other psychosocial factors are thought to play a role….McCabe and his colleagues have done an excellent job of providing a cross section of the empirical research that has linked biopsychosocial factors to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, AIDS, and cancer. This book will be valuable reading for everyone with an interest in health psychology or behavioral medicine."
"…the contributions are well worth reading, because they provide a solid empirical foundation that should stimulate further research in this growing field….Within each section, there are highly informative chapters….In summary, McCabe and colleagues have edited a nice sampling of the role of biopsychosocial factors in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and AIDS….the chapters are interesting, well written, and very informative. The authors have taken special care throughout the volume to explicate the biomedical processes linking psychosocial factors to disease….this volume is likely to have something of interest for everyone and should provide a solid foundation on which future empirical contributions can be built."
Contents: Part I:Cardiovascular Disorders. L. Durel, N. Schneiderman, Biobehavioral Bases of Hypertension in Blacks. T.G. Pickering, R. Friedman, The White Coat Effect: A Neglected Role for Behavioral Factors in Hypertension. S.B. Manuck, J.R. Kaplan, M.F. Muldoon, M.R. Adams, T.B. Clarkson, The Behavioral Exacerbation of Atherosclerosis and Its Inhibition by Propranolol. P.G. Saab, Hormones and Cardiovascular Disease in Women and Men. Part II:Diabetes and Glycemic Control. R.S. Surwit, S.L. Ross, M.N. Feinglos, Stress, Behavior and Glucose Control in Diabetes Mellitus. D.J. Cox, L.A. Gonder-Frederick, The Role of Stress in Diabetes Mellitus. J. Rodin, Stress-Induced Eating: Implications for Diabetes. R.R. Wing, Behavioral Weight Control for Obese Patients with Type II Diabetes. A.M. La Greca, J.S. Skyler, Psychosocial Issues in IDDM: A Multivariate Framework. Part III:Psychoneuroimmunology, Cancer, and AIDS. N. Klimas, G.C. Baron, M.A. Fletcher, The Immunology of HIV-1 Infection. L. Temoshok, J.M. Moulton, Dimensions of Biopsychosocial Research on HIV Disease: Perspectives from the UCSF Biopsychosocial AIDS Project. S.M. Levy, Behavioral and Immunological Host Factors in Cancer Risk.