Stress and Resilience

  • AnnaMaria Aguirre McLaughlin
  • Lisa Stines Doane
  • Alice L. Costiuc
  • Norah C. Feeny

It has long been recognized that the experience of “stress” can have detrimental effects on both physical and mental health. Yet, only in the past several decades have models been developed to explain the pathways through which stress impacts health. More recently, these early models have been expanded to include cultural variables, including the role of culture on the experience of stress. Empirical investigations have begun to examine differences in the experience and associated outcomes of stress across racial/cultural groups, and these studies have illuminated the processes at work in the perception, experience, and impact of stress. A newly emerging body of literature has focused on resilience—that is, the successful adaptation to stressful experiences, and several culturally relevant variables have been proposed as potential protective factors that foster resilience among racial/ethnic minorities. This chapter will provide a brief overview of the major theories of stress and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • AnnaMaria Aguirre McLaughlin
    • 1
  • Lisa Stines Doane
  • Alice L. Costiuc
  • Norah C. Feeny
  1. 1.Case Western Reserve UniversityCleveland

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