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Worried Sick author talk at Alexander Library, Tues. July 8 at Noon

June 7, 2014
Deborah Carr, author of Worried Sick

Deborah Carr, author of Worried Sick

Book Cover, Worried Sick

Book Cover, Worried Sick

If you, a loved one, or a close friend is feeling overwhelmed or stressed-out, you know its effects can be devastating.  A Rutgers professor who has investigated the topic for many years not only feels your pain but also tells us in her new e-book how exactly stress impacts us and what we can do to reverse the situation.  

The Rutgers University Libraries and the Rutgers-New Brunswick Summer Session office invite you to meet Rutgers professor Deborah Carr, author of Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back, who will talk about her new Rutgers University Press e-book and read selections from it on Tuesday July 8  from 12:00 – 1:30 pm in the Scholarly Communication Center, on the 4th floor of Alexander Library. A light reception will follow the talk.

Cutting through a sea of scientific research and theories, Worried Sick answers many questions about how stress gets under our skin, makes us sick, and how and why people cope with stress differently. Included are several standard stress and coping checklists, allowing readers to gauge their own stress levels. Without oversimplifying the discussion, Deborah Carr succinctly provides readers with key themes and contemporary research on the concept of stress.

Understanding individuals’ own sources of strength and vulnerability is an important step toward developing personal strategies to minimize stress and its unhealthy consequences. Yet Carr also challenges the notion that merely reducing stress in our lives will help us to stay healthy. Many of the stressors that we face in everyday life are not our problems alone; rather, they are symptoms of much larger, sweeping problems in contemporary U.S. society.

Deborah Carr is a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research at Rutgers University.  She graduated from Connecticut College, and received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research and teaching interests focus on sociology of the life course, aging, social psychology, and gender. She is the author and editor of numerous works, such as Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (2009) and Spousal Bereavement in Later Life (2006)

For more information on this event, please contact the Libraries Administration office at 848-932-7505. To make a reservation to attend, please send an email to

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