American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 567–587

Positive life events and social support and the relationship between life stress and psychological disorder

Authors

  • Lawrence H. Cohen
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Delaware
  • Jack McGowan
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Delaware
  • Stephanie Fooskas
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Delaware
  • Sandra Rose
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Delaware
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00897213

Cite this article as:
Cohen, L.H., McGowan, J., Fooskas, S. et al. Am J Commun Psychol (1984) 12: 567. doi:10.1007/BF00897213

Conclusion

In conclusion, the present research demonstrated the deleterious effects of negative life events. Number of negative events was a significant predictor of psychological disorder even when initial disorder was statistically controlled. The cross-sectional regression findings provided some support for the stress-buffering effects of positive life events, but these effects were nonsignificant when initial disorder was statistically controlled. The cross-sectional and prospective regression findings suggest that received social support, as measured by the ISSB, does not have a direct or stress-buffering effect on psychological disorder. These analyses, however, demonstrated the direct and stress-buffering effects of perceived social support, as measured by the ISEL, and the data suggest that the ISEL is a promising measure of this construct.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984