, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 123–144 | Cite as

Stress and coping of adults and young adults in economically uncertain rural areas

  • Dorothy Z. Price
  • Lonnie J. Dunlap


This paper discusses the degree and type of stress experienced by adults and young adults, coping strategies used, and their family, financial, and community satisfaction in economically distressed rural counties. Data were analyzed from questionnaires completed by 447 adults and 118 young adults. Results indicate greater perceived stress, use of some less effective coping strategies, and less satisfaction among young adults. Both groups indicate similar numbers of stressful events and a generally positive perception of community social services.

Key words

Socioeconomic Stress Young Adults Community Social Services Rural Communities Coping Strategies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Z. Price
    • 1
  • Lonnie J. Dunlap
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington State UniversityUSA

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