Part one is concerned with stressful person-environment interactions and the ways stress impact upon individual and group functioning in different life phases. For example, sources of adolescents -stress might include school demands and frustrations due to sexuality as stress in the elderly might be caused by negative thoughts and feelings about physical deterioration and social isolation.
Part two is dedicated to recent research on health promotion. Over time, stress and anxiety may lower resistance and make people more vulnerable to ill-being. From that perspective, antecedents, side effects and consequences of stress are investigated which may cause limitations in physical and psychological functioning, leading to a variety of serious health problems.