Psychological Distress: Risk Factors, Patterns and Coping Strategies


Angelo Compare, PhD, Claudia Elia, Antonio Giulio Simonelli and Francesco Cattafi (Editors)
Univesity of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: TEC003030

Psychological distress has become a very relevant and highly debated topic as a result of the increasing volume of information available. In fact, in the last decades, more and more research has been conducted in order to provide unique knowledge and shed new light on this important and sensible malady. In a complex and variegated panorama of scientific research, this book is intended to clarify the most significant questions and to deepen the greater contents about psychological distress, analyzing its various aspects and focusing attentively on them.

Different facets will be addressed in order to accomplish this goal. Among them, personality characteristics that lead to vulnerability, psychological distress, and psychological patterns of acute stress response will be discussed in two different chapters in order to define the subject in a more general way. On the other hand, the remaining chapters will treat more specific issues considered pivotal in several areas of psychological distress. In particular, the aspects concerning psychological distress in sport athletes, cancer patients, post traumatic stress disorder cases, adolescents, cardiac diseases and autistic children and their siblings will be expertly discussed. Furthermore, this entire book is dedicated to investigate the issues relative to coping styles and strategies, distress assessment, and therapies or interventions able to improve the quality of life while also minimizing risk factors. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Personality and Vulnerability to Psychological Distress
Claudia Elia, Giulio Simonelli, and Angelo Compare (Department of Human & Social Science, University of Bergamo, Italy)

Chapter 2. The Psychological Disease in Sport: Stress, Anxiety, Self-Esteem and Wellness of the Athletes
Giulia Di Blasi, Angelo Compare, Claudia Elia, Antonio Giulio Simonelli, and Francesco Cattafi (University of Bergamo, Italy)

Chapter 3. Psychological Distress in Cancer Patients: From Recognition to Management
Barbara Muzzatti, Francesca Bomben, Cristiana Flaiban, Sara Mella, and Maria Antonietta Annunziata (Unit of Oncological Psychology, Centro di Riferimento Oncologico, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy)

Chapter 4. Does Coping Style Add to the Effects of Sex and Trauma Type on PTSD and Mental Health Outcomes?
Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA, USA)

Chapter 5. SPSd-A New Rating Scale for Psychological Distress in Adolescence: A Validation Study on a Nationwide Italian Cohort of 31,661 Adolescents
Enzo Grossi, Gabriele Manella, Giovanni Pieretti, Bruno Genetti, Milena Sperotto, and Paolo Vian (Villa Santa Maria Institute, Milan, Italy, and others)

Chapter 6. Psychological Interventions to Reduce Distress and Improve Quality of Life in Families with Autistic Children
Cristina Zarbo, Angelo Compare, Sara Melli, and Enzo Grossi (Human and Social Science Department, University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy, and others)

Chapter 7. Mental Stress in Parents and Siblings of Autistic Children: Review of the Literature and Original Study of the Related Psychological Dimensions
Sara Melli, Enzo Grossi, Cristina Zarbo, and Angelo Compare (Autism research unit – Villa S. Maria Institute, Tavernerio (CO), Italy, and others)

Chapter 8. The Role of Stress, Psychological Distress and Coping Strategies in the Etiology and Prognosis of Cardiac Diseases
Zarbo Cristina and Angelo Compare (University of Bergamo (Department of Human and Social Science, Bergamo (BG), Italy)

Chapter 9. Assessment of Physiological Patterns of Acute Stress Responses: The Role of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Agostino Brugnera, Kaoru Sakatani and Angelo Compare (Department of Human & Social Sciences, University of Bergamo, Italy, and others)

Chapter 10. Predictive and Preventive Psychological Assessments for Women in Outpatient Integrated Care Clinic
Maddalena Ischia, Sara Zanelli, Maurizio Gerolamo Biraghi, Rodolfo Milani, Nadia Bernocchi, Rossella Dal Bo’, Chiara Carzaniga, Silvia Briganti, and Angelo Compare (Service of Clinical Psychology and Sexology, CAM Lei, Viale Elvezia ang. Via Martiri delle Foibe, Monza, Italy, and others)


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