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Environmental Stress

Gatersleben, Birgitta and Griffin, Isabelle (2016) Environmental Stress In: Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research. Springer, pp. 469-485. ISBN 978-3-319-31416-7

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Abstract

The physical environment affects people in many ways, how they feel, what they think and how they act. When the demands of the physical environment outweigh an individual’s ability to deal with those demands, stress occurs. Environmental stress refers to a negative subjective psychological response to an environmental stimulus. It is important to note that an environmental stimulus that is stressful for one person in a particular situation may not be stressful for another or for the same person in a different situation. As such, environmental stress is an interaction between an individual and an external stimulus. This chapter gives an overview of theories and research on environmental stress in environmental psychology. After providing a definition of environmental stress, the chapter discusses the conditions under which stress may occur and then goes on to describe in more detail different environmental stressors that have been examined in the literature. Environmental stress has been studied in many different indoor, outdoor and virtual settings, including work and residential environments. It has been studied in the laboratory as well as in the field and has been an important area of research for many decades, which continues to this day.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects : Environmental Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Gatersleben, Birgittab.gatersleben@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Griffin, IsabelleUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 7 September 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright Springer International Switzerland 2017
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Depositing User : Birgitta Gatersleben
Date Deposited : 02 Nov 2016 17:14
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:26
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812110

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