The effects of stress, threat/challenge appraisal, and coping flexibility on emotion
Date of Issue2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Stress occurs when environmental demands exceed individual competence. Threat/challenge appraisal reflects individuals’ negative or positive interpretation of stress. Coping flexibility equips individuals with the ability to employ effective strategies to deal with environmental changes. Plenty of research has explored the influence of appraisals and coping on psychological well-being, however, the working mechanism regarding how stress determines psychological outcomes through threat/challenge appraisal and coping flexibility, has not been fully understood. Hence, it is essential to investigate how threat and challenge appraisals, as well as coping flexibility, influence each other and determine individuals’ psychological outcomes under stress.