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Dealing with stress: A Web-based Educational Series


The following resources were used in creating this web-based educational series.

Workshop 1: All About Stress

American Psychological Association (December 2008). Managing your stress in tough economic times.

Conger, R. D., Elder, G. H., Lorenz, F. O., Simons, R. L., & Whitbeck, L. B. (1994). Families in troubled times: Adapting to change in rural America. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine DeGruyter.

Selye, H. (1952). The story of the adaptation syndrome. Montreal, Quebec: Acta Inc.

Workshop 2: Decisions About Stress

Hayes, S. C., & Strosahl, K. D. (2004). A practical guide to acceptance and commitment therapy. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Holmes, T. H., & Rahe, R. H. (1967). The social readjustment rating scale. Journal of psychosomatic research, 11, 213-218.

Prochaska, J. O. & DiClemente, C. C. (1992). Stages of change in the modification of problem behaviors. In Hersen, Eisler, & Miller (Eds.), Progress in behavior modification (183-218). Newbury Park, CA: SAGE Publications.

Thu, K., Lasley, P., Whitten, P., Lewis, M., Donham, K. J., Zwerling, C., & Scarth, R.(1997). Stress as a risk factor for agricultural injuries. Journal of agromedicine, 4 (3/4), 181-191.

Workshop 3: Managing the Physical Effects of Stress with Exercise and Nutrition

American Heart Association (2014). The American Heart Association's diet and lifestyle recommendations.

Reames, B. (2009). Nutrition and fitness: Your keys to coping with stress. Managing in Tough Times. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Research & Extension.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture (2005). Dietary guidelines for Americans.

Workshop 4: Managing the Muscle Tension and Sleep Effects of Stress

Bernstein, D.A. & Borkovec, T.C. (1973). Progressive relaxation training: A manual for the helping professions. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

National Ag Safety Database. (2002). Sleep deprivation: Causes and consequences. Nebraska Rural Health and Safety Coalition.

National Sleep Foundation (2009). Healthy sleep tips.

Workshop 5: Communication and Social Support Skills


Damerow, D. & Syverson, S. (Reviewed 2007). Building family strengths: A toolkit for families (item #07265). St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension.

Danes, S. (Reviewed 2008). Getting through tough times: Communicating under pressure. University of Minnesota Extension.

Danes, S. (Reviewed 2008). Getting through tough times: Helping children cope. University of Minnesota Extension.

Social Support

The American Institute of Stress (n.d.). Emotional support and social support. The American Institute of Stress.

Mayo Clinic (August, 2012). Social support: Tap this tool to beat stress.

Sarason, I. G., Sarason, B. R., Shearin, E. N., & Pierce, G. R. (1987). A brief measure of social support: Practical and theoretical implications. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 4, 497-510.

Workshop 6: Self-Esteem and Pleasant Activities Skills

National Mental Health Information Center (n.d). Building self-esteem: A self-help guide. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)- United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Lewinsohn, P. M. (n.d.). Pleasant Events Schedule. In HealthNetSolutions.

Smith, M., & Segal, J. (2014). Laughter is the best medicine: The health benefits of humor and laughter. In

Workshop 7: Attitude Skills

Optimism and Pessimism

Dember, W. N., Martin, S. H., Hummer M. K., Howe, S. R., & Melton, R. S. (1989). The measurement of optimism and pessimism. Current Psychological Research and Reviews, 8(2), 102-119.

Seligman, M.E.P. (1998). Learned optimism (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Pocket Books (Simon and Schuster).

Scheier, M. F., Carver, C. S., & Bridges, M. W. (1994). Distinguishing optimism from neuroticism (and trait anxiety, self-mastery, and self-esteem): A re-evaluation of the Life Orientation Test. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67(6), 1063-1078.

Scott, E. (2014). The benefits of optimism: Staying positive can improve stress management, productivity, and your health. In


Fetch, R. (1986). Farm stress three: Stress management for farmers. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University — North Carolina State Cooperative Extension Service. Retrieved November 18, 2009.

Rotter, J. B. (1966).Generalized expectancies for internal versus external control of reinforcements. Psychological Monographs, 80, Whole No. 609.

Scott, E. (Revised January 26, 2007). How to develop an internal focus of control. In

Wallston, K.A. (2005). The validity of the multidimensional health locus of control scales. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 623-631.

Workshop 8: Skills to Change What I Do

Martin, G. & Pear, J. (2007). Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it (9th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Workshop 9: Skills to Change How You Think

Burns, D. D. (1999). Feeling good: The new mood therapy. New York: Wm. Morrow and Co.

Ellis, A., & Harper, R. (1975). A new guide to rational living. Los Angeles, CA: Wilshire.

Hollon S.D., & Kendall P.C. (1980). Cognitive self statements in depression: Development of an automatic thoughts questionnaire. Cognitive Therapy Research (4: 383-95).

The MoodGYM TRAINING PROGRAM (n.d.). The Australian National University. Retrieved March 25, 2010.

Workshop 10: Skills to Deal with Conflict

Billikopf, G. (2009). Party-directed mediation: Helping others resolve differences (3rd Edition). Davis, CA: University of California.

Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2010). Decision making and problem solving: Independent study. In Air War College.

Mind Tools. (n.d.). Conflict resolution: Resolving conflict rationally and effectively.

Workshop 11: Getting Good Professional Help

American Association of Suicidology (n.d.).

American Psychiatric Association (n.d.).

Minnesota National Alliance on Mental Illness (n.d.). Minnesota mental health crisis services.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center & Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education Mental Health Program (2009). Suicide prevention toolkit for rural primary care. In SPRC Training Institute.

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