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Although there has been a significant increase in studies of stress and coping processes in recent years, researchers have often approached these topics from rather narrow and constrained perspectives. Furthermore, little communication has occurred across disciplines and research directions, resulting in the emergence of several relatively isolated literatures.
An outgrowth of the Eleventh Biennial West Virginia University Conference on Life-Span Development, this volume emphasizes two major themes: the importance of taking a life-span approach to the study of stress and coping, and the development of new and more complete conceptual models of stress and coping processes. The first to approach these subjects from a life-span perspective, this book includes papers by distinguished researchers from each of the major periods of the life-span, and brings together the cognitive and socioemotional traditions in the study of dealing with pressures. The editors hope that this facilitation of communication among researchers with diverse views will help create a broadening and integration of perspectives.
Contents: Part I:Theoretical Issues. S. Folkman, Coping Across the Life-Span: Theoretical Issues. K.C. Barrett, J.J. Campos, A Diacritical Function Approach to Emotions and Coping. Part II:Infancy. T. Field, Stress and Coping From Pregnancy Through the Postnatal Period. B. Egeland, T. Kreutzer, A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Maternal Stress and Protective Factors on the Development of High- Risk Children. K.H. Karraker, M. Lake, Normative Stress and Coping Processes in Infancy. Part III:Childhood. B.E. Compas, V. Phares, Stress During Childhood and Adolescence: Sources of Risk and Vulnerability. E.M. Cummings, M. El-Sheikh, Children's Coping With Angry Environments: A Process-Oriented Approach. N. Garmezy, A. Masten, The Protective Role of Competence Indicators in Children at Risk. Part IV:Adolescence. S. Hauser, E. Borman, M.K. Bowlds, S. Powers, A. Jacobson, G. Noam, K. Knoebber, Understanding Coping Within Adolescence: Ego Development and Coping Strategies. A.L. Greene, R.W. Larson, Variation in Stress Reactivity During Adolescence. Part V:Adulthood. S. Cohen, Social Supports and Physical Health: Symptoms, Health Behaviors, and Infectious Disease. P. Thoits, Patterns in Coping With Controllable and Uncontrollable Events. Part VI:Older Adulthood. T. Antonucci, Attachment, Social Support, and Coping With Negative Life Events in Mature Adulthood. P.T. Costa, Jr., A.B. Zonderman, R.R. McCrae, Personality, Defense, Coping, and Adaptation in Older Adulthood. Part VII:Epilogue. B.J. Cohler, Life-Course Perspectives on the Study of Adversity, Stress, and Coping: Discussion of Papers from the West Virginia Conference.