Coping, distress, and life events in a community sample

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Coping strategies represent behavioral and cognitive efforts to deal with stressful encounters (R. S. Lazarus & S. Folkman, 1984). This study aimed to assess the pattern of associations between demographic variables, problemand emotion-focused coping, and distress. A representative sample of 510 adult Israelis completed coping and distress inventories. Emotion-focused coping showed strong positive associations with distress, whereas problem-focused coping was negatively related to this variable, although to a lesser degree. The effects of problem-focused coping on distress were more pronounced for participants who had experienced a recent life event. The conclusion to be drawn is that stressful conditions may enhance the effects of coping strategies on distress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-196
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Stress Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2005


  • Community
  • Coping
  • Distress
  • Life events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology


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