Stress, Coping, and Health

Charles S. Carver and Sara Vargas

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342819
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Stress, Coping, and Health

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This chapter addresses the confluence of two sets of processes—stress and coping—as they come to bear on health. It first addresses the following questions: What defines the experience of stress? What defines coping? What sorts of distinctions among coping responses are useful, or even necessary? Finally, how do processes of stress and coping interweave to influence health? Addressing this last question entails confronting at least two further issues: What boundaries must be placed around the construct of “health,” and by what pathways might health be affected by stress and coping? After considering these issues, the chapter describes selected evidence from several areas of research on how stress and coping influence health.

Keywords: Stress; coping; health impact; coping response

Article.  21653 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology

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