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Adjustment (Psychology), Stress (Psychology)


This research is concerned with the differential ability of individuals to cope with stressful situations. It began with an effort to determine how a particualr individuals outlook on life rendered him more or less able to cope with stress. Therefore, literature relating belief systems to personality factors was surveyed, in hope of gaining some insight into the important determinants of adaptive as opposed to maladaptive belief systems.