Theories of Coping with Chronic Stress

Illustrations from the Health Psychology and Aging Literatures
  • Carolyn M. Aldwin
  • Jennifer Brustrom
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Although theoretical models of stress processes have distinguished between chronic and acute stressors, the same cannot be said about models of coping, with some notable exceptions (Moos & Schaefer, 1984; Pearl-in, 1989). One area of coping with chronic stress that has received increasing empirical examination is the ways in which patients and their caregivers and families cope with chronic illness. It is an open question, however, whether models of coping developed from an examination of acute stress are adequate for comprehending coping with chronic stress.


Coping Strategy Chronic Illness Chronic Stress Coping Style Avoidance Coping 
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  • Carolyn M. Aldwin
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  • Jennifer Brustrom
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  1. 1.Department of Human and Community DevelopmentUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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