Stress, positive emotion, and coping

Susan Folkman*, Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

*Corresponding author for this work

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There is growing interest in positive aspects of the stress process, including positive outcomes of the stress and antecedents that dispose individuals to appraise stressful situations more as a challenge than as a threat. Less attention has been given to the adaptational significance of positive emotions during stress or to the coping processes that sustain positive emotions. We review evidence for the occurrence of positive emotions under conditions of stress, discuss the functional role that positive emotions play under such conditions, and present three types of coping that are associated with positive emotion during chronic stress. These findings point to new research questions about the role of positive emotions during stress and the nature of the coping processes that generate these positive emotions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2000


  • Chronic stress
  • Coping
  • Positive emotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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