Stress, Strain, and Role Adaptation: Conceptual Issues

  • Marc Fried
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


Despite the enormous technological progress of the past century, a high degree of stress accompanies modern urban life. Whether the stresses have intensified or diminished since the rise of industrial society is a moot point, but, clearly enough, there is a large gap between technological potentials for improving the human condition, and the social reality of widespread stress, pain, and deprivation. The manifest stresses are quite concrete and diverse: competitive work, family conflict, economic difficulties, physical illness, and daily frustrations that are minor but frequently cumulate to produce severe stress. Some of these stresses are quite evident and disruptive; others are almost imperceptible at first, and their impact is felt only after a delay. But all of these stresses can and often do affect the central activities and relationships of daily life.


Role Integration Strain Ratio Urban Renewal Conceptual Issue Role Function 
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  • Marc Fried
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoston CollegeBostonUSA

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