Coping theory and research: past, present, and future.

  title={Coping theory and research: past, present, and future.},
  author={R. Lazarus},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  • R. Lazarus
  • Published 1993
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • In this essay in honor of Donald Oken, I emphasize coping as a key concept for theory and research on adaptation and health. My focus will be the contrasts between two approaches to coping, one that emphasizes style—that is, it treats coping as a personality characteristic—and another that emphasizes process—that is, efforts to manage stress that change over time and are shaped by the adaptational context out of which it is generated. I begin with an account of the style and process approaches… CONTINUE READING
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