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Foundational Findings in Stress Research

Here we provide references to studies our Network views as ‘classic’ or foundational studies of stress, well-being, health, and aging. We welcome your suggested additions by submitting them in the form here or emailing

Stress Contagion: Physiological covariation between mothers and infants, 2014
  • Waters, S. F., West, T. V., & Mendes, W. B. (2014). Stress contagion: physiological covariation between mothers and infants. Psychological science, 25(4), 934–942.

Stress, Immunity, and Disease
Classic Books on Stress
  • Antonovsky, A. (1987). Unraveling the mystery of health: How people manage stress and stay well. San Francisco, CA, US: Jossey-Bass.

  • Cohen, S., Kessler, R. C., & Gordon, L. U. (Eds.). (1997). Measuring stress: A guide for health and social scientists. Oxford University Press on Demand.

  • Folkman, S. & Lazarus, R.S. (1984). Stress, Appraisal, and Coping. New York, NY, US: Springer.

  • Horowitz, M. J. (1976). Stress response syndromes. Oxford, England: Jason Aronson.

  • Lazarus, R.S. (1996). Psychological stress and the coping process. New York, NY, US: McGraw-Hill.

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