Stress and Coping Among Asian Americans: Lazarus and Folkman’s Model and Beyond

  • Edward C. ChangEmail author
  • Michele M. Tugade
  • Kiyoshi Asakawa
Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)


In conclusion, it is clear to us there is much that remains to be understood about the stress and coping experience of Asian Americans as a whole. Indeed, beyond the coping models discussed in the present chapter, there are a number of alternative and novel models of coping that can and should also be examined in future studies of Asian Americans. For example, Wong (1993; Wong & Ujimoto, 1998; see also Hobfoll, 2001) has proposed that a variety of coping strategies may be used by individuals from different cultural groups to effectively deal with stressful experiences as long as appropriate resources are available to them to meet new challenges and threats. Similarly, findings from some studies show that beyond differences in coping practices among Asian Americans, there may be differences in coping sources sought (e.g., seeking familial and social resources over professional resources; Yeh & Wang, 2000). In sum, it is clear to us that researchers will be most likely be able to obtain a rich understanding of how Asian Americans cope with stress by considering varied methodologies and theoretical models. And because Asian Americans do not represent a singular collective, the use of different methodologies and theoretical frameworks may also help identify important stress and coping differences between the many Asian American ethnic groups.


Coping Strategy Express Emotion Coping Process CAUCASIAN AMERICANS Experience Sampling Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward C. Chang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Michele M. Tugade
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kiyoshi Asakawa
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MichiganUSA
  2. 2.Vassar CollegeUSA
  3. 3.Hosei UniversityJapan

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