A Conceptual Model for the Examination of Stress Dynamics

  • Richard Trumbull
  • Mortimer H. Appley
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


The stress concept has proved to be an effective stimulus to reconsideration and redefinition of styles and strategies of coping as well as of life itself. The history of the stress concept, some of which has been presented in Chapter 1, has been an interesting one, as various disciplines found a way to relate to others and make some contribution to its development. As noted earlier, there have been many efforts at sketching or making a model of the stress concept in the tradition of Selye, who had stated “You must first have a concept derived from observation and symbolized by a name before you can even try to delimit it more precisely by a definition” (Selye, 1956, p. 61).


Conceptual Model Stressful Life Event Physiological System Carry Capacity Psychological Resource 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Trumbull
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mortimer H. Appley
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Office of Naval ResearchUSA
  2. 2.BethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  4. 4.Clark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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