Articles/Publications

Action Plan For Improving Personal Resilience

Deborah Snow Sheridan, published in KC Jewish Chronicle, September 2006, under the title of “Managing Your Stress”

Most of you are aware of stress programs that provide good information but have no impact because you never get around to implementing the ideas presented. This article’s aim is to assist you in developing an action plan that will have an impact on your resilience level. Keep in mind that it is best to try to make no more that a few modest changes in your behavior at one time. Deep relaxation is the example of an anti-stress routine to include in your personal resilience plan.

Good Medicine For Aging.

Deborah Snow Sheridan, Published in KC Jewish Chronicle, June 2006

This is the second article in a series about what we can do to make ourselves more resilient. With baby boomers reaching their senior years there is a push to discover ways to delay serious illness and remain youthful and vigorous. We can minimize the impact of natural losses in cognitive functioning,social support, and physical vigor by following three key strategies as described by noted gerontologists Paul and Marget Baltes.

Resilience:The Stress Antidote

Deborah Snow Sheridan, Published in KC Jewish Chronicle Under the Title “Dealing With Stress”, February 2006

There has been a dramatic shift in our understanding of stress and how to deal with it. Most recent research has shown that there are three key ways to stay resilient: 1.Staying positive and learning to calm ourselves, 2.Not over-reacting or being unreasonably self-critical, and 3. Articulating and expressing our distress. Small changes in behaviors to replenish ourselves can make a big difference. Look in this article for proven suggestions.

Making Exercise a Priority

Deborah Snow Sheridan, Published in KC Jewish Chronicle, November 2005

Most of us have been told of the benefits of regular exercise. Among other things, exercise can greatly enhance resilience. This article reminds you of the many benefits, but the core purpose is to give you some suggestions on how to make exercise a habit that endures year round.

Stress Vulnerability And Return To Work In Chronic Pain Patients

Sheridan, Deborah, Nelson, Jake, Sheridan, Charles,
Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, 2000

This was a presentation summarizing the results of a research study conducted in a chronic pain center. There are 85 million chronic pain sufferers in the United States and over half are partially to totally disabled. It assessed the role of depression and resilience prior to treatment in a multidisciplinary pain treatment program. Patients were given brief psychological tests just prior to starting treatment. It was already well known that depression influences recovery from chronic pain, but resilience had not been studied. The end point of interest was whether patients had returned to work after completing the program. Six weeks post treatment, both depression and the resilience measure proved to be significant predictors of return to work. As expected, depression was a significant predictor of the outcome, but when the resilience measure was added, the two in combination were powerful predictors of successful outcome.

Optimism, Resilience and Mental Health Among Older Adults

Sheridan, C.L., Mental Health and Aging Newsletter. American Society on Aging (2004)

Abstract

This article discusses major influences on resilient aging. In particular the interactions between social support and personal resilience are discussed. For “community dwelling” elderly people, resilience was a more strongly related to physical health and emotional state than was social support. The paper also provides a model relating several models of successful aging.

Factors Influencing Resilience Versus Vulnerability Under Stress

Sheridan, C.L. and Radmacher, S.A.

Radzenie sobie w sytuacjach trudnych (coping). (Trans. Factors Influencing Resilience Versus Vulnerability Under Stress) Nowiny Psychologiczne, 4, 9-18, (1997)

Abstract

A review of developments in our understanding of stress and resilience.

Employee stress vulnerability: relationship to glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels

Radmacher, S. and Sheridan, C.L.

Book of Abstracts APA/NIOSH Conference on Work, Stress, and Health ’95: Creating Healthier Workplaces, p. 121, Washington, D.C., American Psychological Association (1995).

Describes the relationships between resilience and important risk factors, in particular for cardiovascular disease. It is based on data obtained from a long term wellness program.

Validation of a comprehensive measure of stress vulnerability

Bigham, S., Sheridan, C.L., and Martin, D.M.

First World Conference on Stress, Program and Abstracts, Bethesda, Md., International Society for the Investigation of Stress, p. 40, No. 19 (1994) .

Abstract

An early report on data supporting the reliability and validity of our resilience scale.

Sense of Coherence in an adolescent sample: Relationship to stress and cardiovascular measures

Sheridan, C.L. and Smith, L.K.

Advances in Medical Psychotherapy, 6, 163-170, (1993).

Abstract

Report on a study confirming many ideas of the late Aaron Antonovsky on the development of resilience as children mature.

The Interface of Personality Dimensions and Stress Resistance

Petren, S. M., Sheridan, C. L. , Wanser, J and Williams, J.

Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, (2002).

Abstract

One of a series of papers on the relationships between other psychological measures and our resiliency scale. The idea was to find out whether our three factor approach is reasonably comprehensive.

Toward an expanded model of stress resistance

Petren, S., Keune, K., Sheridan, C. L., Wanser, J. F., & Williams, J. M,
Presented at the 2002 meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Abstract

One of a series of papers on the relationships between other psychological measures and our resiliency scale. The idea was to find out whether our three factor approach is reasonably comprehensive.

Resilience, Coping Styles, Expressiveness and Health: Toward an Integrated Framework

Keune, K, Sheridan, C. L., Petren, S.,
Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, (2002)

Abstract

One of a series of papers on the relationships between other psychological measures and our resiliency scale. The idea was to find out whether our three factor approach is reasonably comprehensive.

The Association between Blood Lipids and Stress Resiliency Controlling for Mediating Variables

Radmacher, S. A. and Sheridan, C.L.,
American Psychological Society, Toronto, (2001)

Abstract

Report on a second study of the relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and resilience.

Interrelationships of stress resistance factors in predicting health

Keune, K., Sheridan, C. L., & Petren, S.,
Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Associatioin, . San Francisco, CA. (2001)

Abstract

One of a series of papers on the relationships between other psychological measures and our resiliency scale. The idea was to find out whether our three factor approach is reasonably comprehensive.

Exploring the underlying structure of stress and resistance

Petren, S.M., Radmacher, S.A., Sheridan, C.L. and Whitlock, R.V.,
Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston (1999).

Abstract

One of a series of papers on the relationships between other psychological measures and our resiliency scale. The idea was to find out whether our three factor approach is reasonably comprehensive.

Book Chapter

Significance of Psychosocial Factors to Health and Disease

Sheridan, C.L. and Radmacher, S.A. (2003) In Schein, L.A., Spitz, H.L. Bernard, H.S., and Muskin, P.R. (Eds.) Psychosocial Treatment for Medical Conditions: Principles and Techniques, New York, Brunner-Routledge.

Abstract

This chapter explains why psychological interventions are essential for high quality medical care. The following topics are included: Patients adherence to treatment, patients participation in treatment decisions, the importance of assessing patient’s capacity to process information, working with “difficult” patients, and psychosocial obstacles that lead to delay in seeking medical treatment.

The Personal Style Inventory: A Measure of Stress Resiliency

Sheridan, C.L. and Radmacher, S.A. (1998) In C. P. Zalaquett and R. J. Wood (1998) Evaluating Stress: A Book of Resources, Vol. 2, Lanham, Maryland, Scarecrow/University Press, 221-237.

Abstract

This is a technical review of our work on constructing a general measure of personal resiliency. It includes an account of the discovery of the three core factors underlying resilience, and a detailed account of research to determine the reliability and validity of the instrument. Norms are also included.

A revision of this chapter with updates is also available.

The Global Inventory of Stress (GIS): A comprehensive approach to stress assessment

Sheridan, C.L. and Radmacher, S.A. (1998) In C. P. Zalaquett and R. J. Wood (1998) Evaluating Stress: A Book of Resources, Vol. 2, Lanham, Md., Scarecrow/University Press, 119-139.

Abstract

This is a technical overview of the development of a brief inventory that assesses stress and resilience.

An Investigation of the Demand-Control Model of Job Strain

Radmacher, S. A. and Sheridan, C.L. (1995) In S.L. Sauter and L.R. Murphy, Organizational Risk Factors For Job Stress. (1995), American Psychological Association.

Abstract

This is a technical review about our research on the underlying structure of work stress.

Books

Health Psychology: Challenging the Biomedical Model (Updated Polish Edition

Sheridan, C.L. and Radmacher, S.A. (1998) (Selected and Published by the Polish Psychological Association), Warsaw, Institui Psychologii Zdrowia.

Health Psychology: Challenging The Biomedical Model

Sheridan, C.L. and Radmacher, S.A. (1992) New York, J. Wiley.

Abstract

These books provide a general survey of the many applications of psychology to physical health. They include reviews of research and theory about resilience.

2 Responses to Articles/Publications

  1. Nwenjiel Pragas says:

    Good day. Where can I find and read the whole paper of these articles and publications. Thank you.

    • The articles in this blog are not short forms of previous articles. The closest we can come to more detail on material covered by the blog posts is in a book we have been preparing for some years. The draft we have is not yet ready for distribution. We will definitely call it to the attention of readers when it is ready.

      In each post we provide guides to related publication. We put a good deal of effort into identifying suitable articles and books.

      JSheridan

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