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date: 19 August 2019

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This article considers research in the field of stress and coping via a focus on three specific areas: theoretical models of stress and coping and of work-related stressors in particular; the assessment of strain in work contexts; and coping strategies and coping measurement. It introduces and reviews the current research in each of these three areas and briefly identifies the emerging directions for consideration by stress and coping researchers. While the popularity of stress research has waxed and waned over the decades, the occurrence of major events (wars, technology, globalization) combined with advances in theoretical explanations (e.g., the transactional stress process, psychological burnout) have ensured that the relationship between individual experiences and subsequent health, adaptation, and performance remains a pertinent topic of enquiry.

Keywords: stress, coping, health, adaptation, performance

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