Development of the Stress Concept

  • Mortimer H. Appley
  • Richard Trumbull
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Studies of stress, and particularly of psychological stress, have shifted focus and become considerably more sophisticated since the mid-1960s, when we assembled an interdisciplinary group of American and Canadian investigators at York University in Toronto, for an assessment of issues in stress research (Appley & Trumbull, 1967). Some of the same fundamental problems remain today, it seems to us, though their dimensions have been sharpened in many respects by nearly two decades of research and theory development that have occurred since that early conference took place. (We like to think that the seminal papers and discussions of that conference were a stimulus to changes in the field, cf. McGrath, 1970, but we know that there were many other influences as well.)


Psychological Stress Cognitive Appraisal Coping Process Sensory Deprivation Stress Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mortimer H. Appley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Richard Trumbull
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Clark UniversityWorcesterUSA
  3. 3.Office of Naval ResearchUSA
  4. 4.BethesdaUSA

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