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Coping and physical health outcomes: an overview

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The past three decades have seen an explosion of research into how people cope with stress; over 33,000 articles have been published. Despite the initial theoretical justification for research into coping - that it would moderate the adverse effects of stress on physical health - relatively few published studies have actually examined this hypothesis. This special issue is an attempt to redirect researchers' attention to focusing on this issue. The results re-emphasize that there is no "magic bullet" in coping research; rather, the effects of coping are highly complex, and vary as a function of the type of stressor as well as the individual's characteristics. More complex theoretical and analytical models are needed to fully understand the impact of coping on physical health.
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Keywords: Coping; Physical health; Psychoneuroimmunology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Human and Community Development University of California Davis 2: Department of Psychology University of Connecticut

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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