Stress and Coping

  • B. Kent Houston
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Stress and coping are topics of substantial current interest, and much has been said and could be said about these topics. In considering stress, it is important to define the term for purposes of clear communication and theory construction, yet it has been defined in numerous ways and is frequently used without a clear referent. One purpose of the present chapter, then, is to discuss the definitions of stress and to try to deal with some of the problems associated with traditional approaches to defining the concept by distinguishing psychological from physiological stress. In doing so, a phenomenological definition of psychological stress will be provided.


Psychological Stress Negative Feeling Coping Behavior Aversive Stimulus Coping Response 
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  • B. Kent Houston
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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