ERIC Number: ED248428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-19
Reference Count: 0
Overview of Stress Effects on Body and Stress Prevention Techniques.
McManus, John L.
Definitions of stress all imply that stress is a condition resulting from some change or imbalance that requires individual adjustment. When this does not occur, stress becomes an adverse condition which may eventually cause serious harm. Numerous studies have established the connection between unrelieved stress and adverse body reactions such as cardiovascular disorders, cancer, arthritis, respiratory ailments, and depression. The ineffectiveness of the traditional medical model in alleviating stress has given rise to newer models of health care focusing on wellness rather than the absence of disease. It has become increasingly important for individuals to incorporate anti-stress practices into everyday routines. By focusing on primary prevention, the school psychologist can serve as a valid role model to children and others in the school system. School-based workshops could be developed for teachers, families, and the community. (This paper concludes with eight hand-outs listing definitions of stress, the effects of stress, the physical, behavioral and psychological/emotional signs of stress, the consequences or effects of prolonged stress, and relaxation techniques. A selected bibliography dealing with stress, stress management, relaxation, and time management is also included). (JAC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (16th, Philadelphia, PA, April 18-21, 1984).