Stress and Coping: The Indian Experience

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SAGE Publications, Mar 27, 1992 - Psychology - 240 pages
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Future historians may well label the second half of the twentieth century as the age of 'speed'. Certainly, there has been an explosion of information in all areas of human activity and a rapid dissemination of knowledge. The result has been a growth in expectations which has affected not only individuals but also larger groups like organisations. And this, in turn, leads to stress. Even though stress is a much studied phenomenon it still tends to be defined in vague terms and is surrounded by confusion. Professor Pestonjee defines stress as occurring when demands on an individual exceed his adjustment resources. While stress is generally believed to have a deleterious effect of health and performance, recent research has revealed that a minimal level of stress is essential for effective functioning. It is the individual's reaction to stress which makes all the difference and may prove to be harmful

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D M Pestonjee, PhD, is currently associated with School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, as GSPL Chair Professor since July 2009. He is also associated with CEPT University, Ahmedabad, as Dean, Faculty of Applied Management. He has served at eminent institutions like IIM, Ahmedabad and Banaras Hindu University. He is a psychologist having PhD in Industrial Psychology from the Aligarh Muslim University and he was conferred the D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) by the Banaras Hindu University in April 2003. In November, 2000, he was conferred the title of Honorary Professor of the Albert Schweitzer International University, Geneva (Switzerland). He was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Medal for Science and Peace in April 2004. He has over four decades of teaching and research experience. Among his better known works are: Organization Structure and Job Attitudes (1973), Behavioral Processes in Organization (1981), Second Handbook of Psychological and Social Instruments (1988), Third Handbook of Psychological and Social Instruments (1997), Studies in Organizational Roles and Stress and Coping (1997), Studies in Stress and Its Management (1999), and the celebrated Stress and Coping: The Indian Experience (1992, 2002).

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