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Meaning, Coping, and Health and Well-Being

Crystal L. Park

in The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195375343
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195375343.013.0012

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Meaning, Coping, and Health and Well-Being

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This chapter first describes theory regarding meaning-making in the context of major life stress from the perspective of an integrative meaning-making model, which distinguishes global and situational meaning, the latter of which comprises appraised meaning, meaning-making, and meanings made. Using this model, the empirical evidence regarding how these aspects of meaning influence health and well-being is critically reviewed. Results suggest that global meaning, appraised meaning, meaning-making, and meanings made have potent influences on psychological and physical well-being. However, current research is methodologically limited, and much remains unknown about meaning-making and adjustment. Suggestions for future research conclude the chapter.

Keywords: stress; coping; global meaning; situational meaning; meaning-making; stress-related growth

Article.  10692 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Social Psychology

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