Cognitive Theories of Stress and the Issue of Circularity

  • Richard S. Lazarus
  • Susan Folkman
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


No issue in the psychology of health is of greater interest and importance than whether and how stress influences adaptational outcomes, such as well-being, social functioning, and somatic health. This issue has generated extensive research on stressful life events (see Thoits, 1983, for a recent review). More recently, researchers have been interested in the stressful events of day-to-day living, variously referred to as microstres-sors (McLean, 1976; Monroe, 1983), chronic role strains (Pearlin, 1983), and daily hassles (DeLongis, Coyne, Dakof, Folkman, & Lazarus, 1982; Kanner, Coyne, Schaefer, & Lazarus, 1981; Lazarus, 1984; Lazarus & DeLongis, 1983).


Cognitive Theory Stressful Life Event Behavioral Medicine Daily Hassle Coping Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard S. Lazarus
    • 1
  • Susan Folkman
    • 1
  1. 1.Stress and Coping Project, Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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