Psychological Distress: Current Perspectives and Challenges


Egon Brauer (Editor)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

BISAC: PSY013000

This monograph comprises nine chapters, each providing a different point of view concerning the problem of psychological distress. Chapter One describes alexithymia, a personality trait characterized by a person’s inability to identify and describe emotions experienced by themselves or others, and how this trait connects with psychological defense mechanisms. Chapter 2 also examines alexithymia, this time in the context of how artistic creativity can connect to psychological well-being or insanity. Chapter 3 examines some of the biological, developmental, and situational factors that appear to influence the formation and maintenance of one’s attachment style, which affects his or her capacity to form and maintain nurturing interpersonal relationships. Chapter 4 reports on the challenges that health professionals encounter when treating mental health problems associated with the stress of being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment. Chapter 5 studies the connection between a mindfulness-based program for elite soccer athletes and these athletes’ self-compassion, self-criticism, flow and perceived performance. Chapter 6 studies the link between mental health literacy, fears of compassion, psychological flexibility and psychopathological symptoms in adolescent students. Chapter 7 explores the impact of school violence against teachers on teachers’ health, well-being, and job attitudes, and how emotional intelligence can mediate some of the negative impacts of school violence. Chapter 8 highlights the role of different strategies such as social support, self-efficacy and cognitive coping in reducing psychological distress in Pakistani infertile women. Finally, Chapter 9 collates available evidence and recommendations for supporting the mental health of healthcare workers, specifically in the context of additional workplace stress connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Impact of Alexithymia Types on Defenses: Ratio versus Emotion
(Peter Paul Moormann, Bob Bermond, Francine Albach, Syahid Achmad, Nico Brand, Annemiek van Dijke and Evangelia Sotiriou – Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands)

Chapter 2. Artistic Creativity and the Mad Genius Controversy from the Perspective of Alexithymia Types
(Peter Paul Moormann, Bob Bermond, Francine Albach, Marja Clement and Anouk Winkelman – Leiden University, The Netherlands, et al.)

Chapter 3. Childhood Attachment Style Antecedents to Impaired Adult Relationship Functioning
(Kimberly Tom and Alan R. King – University of North Dakota, Psychology Department, Grand Forks, ND, US)

Chapter 4. Addressing Psychological Distress Through Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Oncology: A Synthesis of the Perspectives of Health Care Professionals About
the Challenges They Face
(Bróna Nic Giolla Easpaig, PhD, Yvonne Tran, PhD, Mia Bierbaum, MPH, Gaston Arnolda, PhD and Jeffrey Braithwaite, PhD – Australian Institute of Health Innovation,
Macquarie University, North Ryde, New South Wales)

Chapter 5. Mindfulness-Based Soccer Interventions, Self-Compassion and Self-Criticism on Flow and Perceived Soccer Performance
(Bruno Carraça, António Rosado, Ian James, Cátia Magalhães and Vitor Ferreira – Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Lisboa, Portugal)

Chapter 6. Mental Health Literacy, Psychological Inflexibility and Fear of Compassion: Roles and Associations with Depression and Anxiety in Adolescence
(Cátia Magalhães, Bruno Carraça, Joana Gonçalves and Margarida Gaspar de Matos – Polytechnic Institute of Viseu-ESEV; CI&DEI and ISAMB/Faculty of Medicine-University of Lisbon, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 7. Linking School Violence against Teachers to Psychological Distress and Work-Related Well-Being: Testing the Buffering Role of Emotional Intelligence
(Sergio Mérida-López, Nicolás Sánchez-Álvarez, Cirenia Quintana-Orts and Natalio Extremera – Department of Social Psychology, Social Work, Social Anthropology and East Asian Studies at the University of Malaga, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 8. Infertility and Psychological Distress: Reviewing the Effective Coping Strategies
(Anaum Khalid and Saima Dawood – Riphah Institute of Clinical and Professional Psychology, Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan, et al.)

Chapter 9. The Psychological Distress in Healthcare Workers: Current Perspectives and Challenges
(Andrew E.P. Mitchell, PhD – Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester, Chester, UK)


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