The Development of Coping

Stress, Neurophysiology, Social Relationships, and Resilience During Childhood and Adolescence

  • Ellen A. Skinner
  • Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Constructing “Developmentally-Friendly” Conceptualizations of Coping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ellen A. Skinner, Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck
      Pages 3-25
    3. Ellen A. Skinner, Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck
      Pages 27-49
  3. Review of Research on the Development of Stress Reactivity and Ways of Coping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Ellen A. Skinner, Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck
      Pages 53-62
    3. Ellen A. Skinner, Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck
      Pages 63-93
  4. Normative Development of Adaptive Coping within the Context of Relationships with Caregivers

  5. Foundations of Coping and Its Differential Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-214
    2. Ellen A. Skinner, Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck
      Pages 215-238
    3. Ellen A. Skinner, Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck
      Pages 263-286
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 287-336

About this book


This book traces the development of coping from birth to emerging adulthood by building a conceptual and empirical bridge between coping and the development of regulation and resilience. It offers a comprehensive overview of the challenges facing the developmental study of coping, including the history of the concept, critiques of current coping theories and research, and reviews of age differences and changes in coping during childhood and adolescence. It integrates multiple strands of cutting-edge theory and research, including work on the development of stress neurophysiology, attachment, emotion regulation, and executive functions.

In addition, chapters track how coping develops, starting from birth and following its progress across multiple qualitative shifts during childhood and adolescence. The book identifies factors that shape the development of coping, focusing on the effects of underlying neurobiological changes, social relationships, and stressful experiences. Qualitative shifts are emphasized and explanatory factors highlight multiple entry points for the diagnosis of problems and implementation of remedial and preventive interventions.

Topics featured in this text include:
  • Developmental conceptualizations of coping, such as action regulation under stress.
  • Neurophysiological developments that underlie age-related shifts in coping.
  • How coping is shaped by early adversity, temperament, and attachment.
  • How parenting and family factors affect the development of coping. 
  • The role of coping in the development of psychopathology and resilience.
The Development of Coping is a must-have resource for researchers, professors, and graduate students as well as clinicians and related professionals in developmental, clinical child, and school psychology, public health, counseling, personality and social psychology, and neurophysiological psychology as well as prevention and intervention science.


Age differences and coping across adolescence Age differences and coping across childhood Age-related changes in coping Attachment and coping Coping and adaptive processes Coping and development in childhood Developing relationships with caregivers Family stress and coping Maladaptive coping in adolescence Maladaptive coping in childhood Neurophysiological developments and coping Normative development of adaptive coping Parenting and coping Temperament and coping

Authors and affiliations

  • Ellen A. Skinner
    • 1
  • Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.School of Applied PsychologyGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia

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