, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 139-157

The role of coping responses and social resources in attenuating the stress of life events

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The nature of individual coping responses to stressful life events was explored in a representative adult community sample. Two approaches to the classification of coping strategies were operationalized. Using these measures, small but significant gender and contextual differences in coping were identified. Mood and symptom levels were related to coping responses and to quantitative and qualitative measures of social resources. Measures of coping and social resources attenuated the relationship between undesirable life events and personal functioning.

This research was supported in part by NIAAA Grant AA02863 and Veterans Administration Medical Research Funds.