Coping with Life Crises

An Integrated Approach

  • Rudolf H. Moos

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Overview and Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rudolf H. Moos, Jeanne A. Schaefer
      Pages 3-28
  3. Developmental Life Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-33
    2. Judith S. Wallerstein
      Pages 35-48
    3. Esther Elizur, Mordecai Kaffman
      Pages 49-58
  4. Developmental Life Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-63
    2. Robert S. Weiss
      Pages 65-73
    3. Susan Panzarine, Arthur B. Elster
      Pages 87-95
  5. Developmental Life Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-102
    2. Denise A. Skinner
      Pages 103-113
    3. Katharyn Antle May
      Pages 115-127
    4. Brent C. Miller, Donna L. Sollie
      Pages 129-138
  6. Developmental Life Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-144
    2. Kenneth Kressel
      Pages 145-153
    3. Jean Baker Miller
      Pages 155-163
    4. Jane W. Ransom, Stephen Schlesinger, Andre P. Derdeyn
      Pages 165-177
  7. Developmental Life Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-184
    2. Lois M. Tamir
      Pages 185-194

About this book


This book examines new developments in the area of human competence and coping behavior. It sets forth a conceptual framework that considers the interplay between environmental contexts and personal resources and their impact on how indi­ viduals cope with life transitions and crises. The selections cover the tasks confronted in varied life crises and describe the coping strategies employed in managing them. The material identifies the long-term effects of such life events as divorce and bereave­ ment as well as the way in which these stressors can promote personal growth and maturity. The book contains a broad selec­ tion of recent literature on coping and adaptation, integrative commentaries that provide the background for each of the areas as well as conceptual linkages among them, and an introductory overview that presents a general perspective on human compe­ tence and coping. Illustrative case examples are included. The first part of the book is organized chronologically ac­ cording to developmental life transitions confronted by many people-from the childhood years through adolescence, career choice and parenthood, divorce and remarriage, middle age and retirement, and death and bereavement. The second part covers unusual life crises and other hazards that typically involve ex­ treme stress such as man-made and natural disasters and terrorism. The book highlights effective coping behavior among healthy individuals rather than psychological breakdown and psychiatric symptoms. The emphasis is on successful adaptation, the ability to cope with life transitions and crises, and the process by which such ix x PREFACf. ".


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rudolf H. Moos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStandford University and Veterans Administration Medical CenterPalo AltoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-42144-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-7021-5
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