- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Stress, Health, and Coping: An Overview
- Stress and Coping across the Lifespan
- Perceived Control and the Development of Coping
- Gender, Stress, and Coping
- Affiliation and Stress
- Couples Coping with Chronic Illness
- Conservation of Resources Theory: Its Implication for Stress, Health, and Resilience
- Coping with Bereavement
- Resilience: The Meanings, Methods, and Measures of a Fundamental Characteristic of Human Adaptation
- Positive Emotions and Coping: Examining Dual-Process Models of Resilience
- Hedonic Adaptation to Positive and Negative Experiences
- Meaning, Coping, and Health and Well-Being
- Benefit-Finding and Sense-Making in Chronic Illness
- Religion and Coping: The Current State of Knowledge
- Coping, Spirituality, and Health in HIV
- Self-Regulation of Unattainable Goals and Pathways to Quality of Life
- Future-Oriented Thinking, Proactive Coping, and the Management of Potential Threats to Health and Well-Being
- Regulating Emotions during Stressful Experiences: The Adaptive Utility of Coping through Emotional Approach
- The Dynamics of Stress, Coping, and Health: Assessing Stress and Coping Processes in Near Real Time
- Coping Interventions and the Regulation of Positive Affect
- Stress, Coping, and Health in HIV/AIDS
- Stress, Health, and Coping: Synthesis, Commentary, and Future Directions
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter first describes theory regarding meaning-making in the context of major life stress from the perspective of an integrative meaning-making model, which distinguishes global and situational meaning, the latter of which comprises appraised meaning, meaning-making, and meanings made. Using this model, the empirical evidence regarding how these aspects of meaning influence health and well-being is critically reviewed. Results suggest that global meaning, appraised meaning, meaning-making, and meanings made have potent influences on psychological and physical well-being. However, current research is methodologically limited, and much remains unknown about meaning-making and adjustment. Suggestions for future research conclude the chapter.
Crystal L. Park, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut.
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