Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This literature review has compiled research on two related subjects: the construct of distress tolerance and the treatment of mental health issues for which low distress tolerance is an underlying factor. The purpose of this work is to not only examine a central mechanism in the onset and maintenance of select psychopathologies, but also to examine ways in which treatment focused on raising an individual's distress tolerance can help in symptom reduction. This review also proposes that a better understanding of stress and an individual's reaction to it can lead to both more effective treatment and towards the future fulfillment of two goals: the mitigation of the symptoms and effects of a mental health disorder, and the prevention of the onset of stress-related psychopathologies.
BF1 .M63 v. 18 no. 2 2013
Stemke, Carrie A.
"Distress tolerance and mental health outcomes,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 18:
2, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol18/iss2/13