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Four-year Longitudinal Study of Behavioral Changes in Coping With Stress

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Objective: To examine the relationship between stress and coping. Methods: Short- and long-termapproaches to behavioral changewere evaluated in 3 groups (short-term, long-term, control). Results: Subjects participating in a 6-weekstress-management program de-signed to develop stress management skills reported temporary decreases in burn out, while subject sreceiving additional refresher sessions showed decreases in burnout throughout a 4-year period. Conclusions: Findings suggest that long-term approaches yield perma-nent behavioral changes.

Keywords: burn-out; coping; stress

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: M. Michelle Rowe, Professor, Department of Health Services, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA.

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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