Stress, Health, and Coping: Synthesis, Commentary, and Future Directions

Susan Folkman

in The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195375343
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Stress, Health, and Coping: Synthesis, Commentary, and Future Directions

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This chapter summarizes the major developments in stress and coping research that are presented in this volume. Lazarus and Folkman’s (1984) theory of stress and coping provides a framework for organizing the central themes of the discussion, including problems associated with aspects of the model, gaps in the original model, and new directions in research that have emerged in the intervening years. Advances in understanding antecedents of the appraisal process are noted, as are problems with the original formulation of emotion-focused coping. Future-oriented coping, interpersonal coping, and religious and spiritual coping are introduced into the stress and coping model. The scope of coping has been broadened to include the regulation of positive as well as negative emotion states. Meaning-focused kinds of coping that help motivate and sustain positive well-being in the face of stress are introduced. Strategies for examining cause-and-effect relationships between coping and health are discussed.

Keywords: stress; coping; emotion regulation; positive emotion; meaning-focused coping

Article.  6520 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Social Psychology

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