Positive Meaningful Events and Coping in the Context of HIV/AIDS

  • Susan Folkman
  • Judith Tedlie Moskowitz
  • Elizabeth M. Ozer
  • Crystal L. Park
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Most research on coping with chronic stress tends to focus inquiry on strategies that help the person manage stressor-related demands. In the case of coping with a debilitating illness, for example, the search often focuses on strategies that are related to managing the primary consequences of the illness, including disease-related limited mobility, pain, or dysphoria, and the secondary consequences of the illness, including disrupted family relationships or changes in role functioning. However, the lives of people with a debilitating illness consist of more than just their illness. They may have warm family relationships, friends with whom they talk, or work or other activities that interest them. These other aspects of people’s lives may play an important role in sustaining their well-being while they are coping with their illness. Thus, a full understanding of the coping process in the context of chronic stress may need to take into account aspects of people’s lives that at first blush do not seem to be related directly to how they cope with the chronic stress per se.


Positive Emotion Depressive Mood Chronic Stress Positive Mood Coping Resource 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Folkman
    • 1
  • Judith Tedlie Moskowitz
    • 1
  • Elizabeth M. Ozer
    • 2
  • Crystal L. Park
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for AIDS Prevention StudiesUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Adolescent MedicineUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyMiami UniversityOxfordUSA

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