The Social Context of Coping

  • John Eckenrode

Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. John Eckenrode
    Pages 1-12
  3. Elaine Wethington, Ronald C. Kessler
    Pages 13-29
  4. Donald Wertlieb
    Pages 31-54
  5. Carol S. Aneshensel, Susan Gore
    Pages 55-77
  6. Karen Rook, David Dooley, Ralph Catalano
    Pages 79-105
  7. Susan Gore, Mary Ellen Colten
    Pages 139-163
  8. Benjamin H. Gottlieb, Fred Wagner
    Pages 165-188
  9. Mary Amanda Dew, Evelyn J. Bromet
    Pages 189-211
  10. Susan Folkman, Margaret Chesney, Leon McKusick, Gail Ironson, David S. Johnson, Thomas J. Coates
    Pages 239-260
  11. Leonard I. Pearlin
    Pages 261-276
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 277-285

About this book


I am very pleased to have been asked to do abrief foreword to this second CRISP volume, The Social Context o[ Coping. I know most of the participants and their work, and respect them as first-rate and influen­ tial research scholars whose research is at the cusp of current concerns in the field of stress and coping. Psychological stress is central to human adaptation. It is difficult to visualize the study of adaptation, health, illness, personal soundness, and psychopathology without recognizing their dependence on how weil people cope with the stresses of living. Since the editor, John Eckenrode, has portrayed the themes of each of the chapters in his introduction, I can limit myself to a few general comments about stress and coping. Stress research began, as unexplored fields often do, with very sim­ ple-should I say simplistic?-ideas about how to define the concept. Early approaches were unidimensional and input-output in outlook, modeled implicitly on Hooke's late-17th-century engineering analysis in which external load was an environmental stressor, stress was the area over wh ich the load acted, and strain was the deformation of the struc­ tu re such as a bridge or building.


environment psychopathology stress

Editors and affiliations

  • John Eckenrode
    • 1
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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