Stress and Coping

Michael P. O'Driscoll, Paula A. Brough and Thomas J. Kalliath

in The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well Being

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199211913
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Stress and Coping

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This article considers research in the field of stress and coping via a focus on three specific areas: theoretical models of stress and coping and of work-related stressors in particular; the assessment of strain in work contexts; and coping strategies and coping measurement. It introduces and reviews the current research in each of these three areas and briefly identifies the emerging directions for consideration by stress and coping researchers. While the popularity of stress research has waxed and waned over the decades, the occurrence of major events (wars, technology, globalization) combined with advances in theoretical explanations (e.g., the transactional stress process, psychological burnout) have ensured that the relationship between individual experiences and subsequent health, adaptation, and performance remains a pertinent topic of enquiry.

Keywords: stress; coping; health; adaptation; performance

Article.  12772 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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