Coping with Stress

Dispositions, Strategies, and the Problem of Measurement
  • Heinz W. Krohne
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


In recent years, a controversy has evolved concerning the usefulness of the trait concept for predicting a person’s actual behavior (see e.g., Alston, 1975; Bern, 1983; Bern & Allen, 1974; Bern & Funder, 1978; Eysenck & Eysenck, 1980; Mischel, 1968, 1973, 1983, 1984; Mischel & Peake, 1982, 1983). This controversy has also influenced paradigms in stress and coping research. There is an increasing tendency to abandon trait concepts (like “repression-sensitization”) and, instead, to adopt concepts like coping process or coping strategy to describe and predict stress-related behavior and behavior outcomes (see Folkman, 1984; Folkman & Lazarus. 1980. 1985: Lazarus & Folkman. 1984).


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  • Heinz W. Krohne
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  1. 1.Psychologisches InstitutJohannes-Gutenberg UniversitätMainzFederal Republic of Germany

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