Conceptual and Measurement Issues in the Study of Coping with Chronic Stress

  • Benjamin H. Gottlieb
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Systematic research on the subject of coping with chronic stress is long overdue. Compared to the voluminous literature that examines responses to acute or short-term stressful events and transitions that have clearly demarcated time spans, the behavioral and emotional regulatory processes that unfold in circumstances of unremitting demand have been understudied. For example, how do people deal with the ongoing threat of neighborhood violence or crime? How do family members come to terms with and learn to manage the long-term disability that results from a spinal cord injury or the uncertainty that arises in the wake of a heart attack or stroke? Are there certain psychological devices that assist recently divorced partners to preserve or restore their sense of self-worth? Are there daily routines and patterns of social interaction that help people maintain their equilibrium in the face of persistent life strains that involve balancing multiple and frequently conflicting social roles?


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Stress Family Caregiver Coping Response Measurement Issue 
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  • Benjamin H. Gottlieb
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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