Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 139–157

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

Authors

  • Andrew G. Billings
    • Social Ecology Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University and the Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Rudolf H. Moos
    • Social Ecology Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University and the Veterans Administration Medical Center
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00844267

Cite this article as:
Billings, A.G. & Moos, R.H. J Behav Med (1981) 4: 139. doi:10.1007/BF00844267

Abstract

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.

Key words

copingstressful life eventssocial resourcesphysical symptomscommunity

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1981