Puzzles in the Study of Daily Hassles

  • R. S. Lazarus


Theory and research in psychological stress has shifted from an earlier perspective of environmental inputs or outputs to a relational one. Stress is now treated as harms, threats and challenges, the quality and intensity of which depend on personal agendas, resources and vulnerabilities of the person, as well as on environmental conditions. This implies a knowing person who construes or appraises the significance of what is happening for his or her well-being. Such a “paradigm shift” requires a different approach to stress measurement, one that takes into account the cognitive activity evaluating the personal significance of transactions, and examines the multiple specific variables of person and environment that influence the appraisal process. The need for a different approach to stress measurement has generated research by the Berkeley Stress and Coping Project on what we have called daily hassles and uplifts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Lazarus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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