Stress Management, PNI, and Disease

Michael H. Antoni

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394399
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Stress Management, PNI, and Disease

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As our understanding of the immunologic processes that underlie the vulnerability to certain infectious, neoplastic, and inflammatory diseases and other immunoregulatory conditions has grown so too has the empirical basis relating psychosocial processes and stress physiology to these same immunologic processes. This provides a rationale for first examining the influence of stress processes on disease risk and disease course, and second for the development of interventions to mitigate stress processes in persons at risk for, or managing a wide range of diseases where the immune system plays some role in health outcomes. This chapter will summarize the state of the field of research examining the effects of stress management-based interventions on psychoneuroimmunologic (PNI) processes and health outcomes using a few examples of diseases involving some type of immune system alteration.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; breast cancer; infectious; neoplastic; inflammatory; immunoregulatory; chronic fatigue syndrome; cardiovascular disease

Article.  27494 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Social Psychology

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