13 September 2018 from 12:00 to 17:00

Symposium: Social contexts of stress and coping

Everybody feels stressed from time to time. Some people may cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events more quickly than others. The experience of stress is essential to adapt to a changing environment. Stress can motivate people to act, and it can even be life-saving in some situations. Yet, excessive or prolonged stress exposure increases the risk for a wide variety of physical and mental health problems.

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Coping with stress is often considered as an individual phenomenon. This interdisciplinary symposium breaks with the traditional focus of stress and coping research, asking not “How do individuals cope with stress?”, but rather “How do social contexts and significant others help or hinder how individuals manage stress?”. Thus, we will emphasize the significance of social contexts for coping with stress. How do families cope with stress surrounding chronic illness? How does stress at work affect family life? And, conversely, can stress in the family affect life at work? Can individuals, couples, and families recover from prolonged stress?

Stress and coping from different perspectives and disciplines

To address these questions, this symposium aims to gather experts who study social contexts of stress and coping from different perspectives and disciplines. We aim to foster conversations about stress and coping among children, adolescents, and adults, in different social contexts, to strengthen our interdisciplinary research about stress and advance our understanding of coping and wellbeing among people experiencing different types of stress.

Confirmed speakers:

Meet Guy Bodenmann

Prof. dr. Guy Bodenmann (University of Zurich) will visit the Youth Studies department from 10-13 September, 2018. He coined the term dyadic coping to describe how dyads cope with stress, including acute and chronic stress, stresses within and outside of the family, and stress caused by physical and mental illnesses. His research includes all types of couples, including partners in romantic relationships, adolescents and parents, and parents with children. Should you be interested in meeting him during his stay, please contact Catrin Finkenauer.

Start date and time
13 September 2018 12:00
End date and time
13 September 2018 17:00
Entrance fee
Free