Stressful Medical Procedures

Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies for Stress Management and Prevention
  • Philip C. Kendall


If you believe in a one-to-one relationship between specific Stressors and specific reactions, in personality dispositions that determine the effects of Stressors, or in the inevitability of certain events producing stress, then read no further. If, one the other hand, you accept the stress-reducing effects of both successful behavioral experience and informed cognitive processing, then you will find merit in what follows. When considering stress, you will also agree “as I have often said” (the “I” here is Hans Selye), that “it is not what happens to you, but how you take it” (1979, p. 12).


Coping Style Stress Management Medical Procedure Information Provision Cognitive Coping 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip C. Kendall
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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