Anticipation and Control of Stressful Life Events: An Exploratory Analysis

  • Barbara Snell Dohrenwend


The most difficult problem to be solved before we can thoroughly understand the effects of stressful life events is the basis for the large individual differences observed in reactions to these events. In general, we can look for explanation to two sources of variability. The first is individual predispositions and vulnerabilities. The second source of variability is the objective situation or context in which the stressful event or stimulus is experienced. Ironically, this source of variability has largely been ignored by investigators concerned with stressful life events while being the focus of almost all experimental research on stress in the laboratory.


Social Class Stressful Life Event Appendix Table Central Figure Anticipation Score 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Snell Dohrenwend
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe City College of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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