Speech Correlates of Stress and Coping

  • Hans Steiner
  • Thomas F. Anders


After several decades of dedicated research, the precise relationship between psychological and physiological components of acute stress response is still not known (Elliott et al., 1982). The problem is of particular interest for three reasons:
  1. (1)

    Psychological stimuli are among the most powerful activators of physiological stress responses (Mason, 1975).

  2. (2)

    Coping and defense mechanisms are able to protect the organism from arousal (Lazarus, 1964) or even prevent lethal consequences of hormonal stress response (MacLennan et al., 1983).

  3. (3)

    Without proper knowledge of the relationship between these variables, significant progress in stress response is unlikely. Individual responses show a wide variability, impeding experimental exploration. It is thought that this variability is at least in part a function of the large number of unknown mediators in the response. And, in turn, a great number of those mediators are psychological (Elliott et al., 1982).



Physiological Stress Response Mature Defense Hormonal Stress Response Acute Stress Response Defense Style 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Steiner
    • 1
  • Thomas F. Anders
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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