American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 567–587 | Cite as

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

  • Lawrence H. Cohen
  • Jack McGowan
  • Stephanie Fooskas
  • Sandra Rose


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.


Social Support Psychological Disorder Social Psychology Deleterious Effect Health Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence H. Cohen
    • 1
  • Jack McGowan
    • 1
  • Stephanie Fooskas
    • 1
  • Sandra Rose
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of DelawareNewark

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