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A self-determination theory approach to understanding stress incursion and responses

Weinstein, Netta ORCID: and Ryan, Richard M. 2011. A self-determination theory approach to understanding stress incursion and responses. Stress and Health 27 (1) , pp. 4-17. 10.1002/smi.1368

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Given the high costs of stress for both mental and physical health, understanding of how stress is incurred and how it is coped with has both theoretical and clinical significance. Self-determination theory (SDT), a broad framework for understanding motivation and personality, speaks to many issues concerning stress-related phenomena. Research based on SDT suggests that both less stress incursion and better coping with demanding events are associated with greater autonomous functioning, higher mindfulness, more interest-taking in internal events, and lifestyles focused on pursuing intrinsic over extrinsic goals, among other factors. These topics are discussed within the growing body of empirical research stemming from SDT and linkages are drawn with the larger literature on stress and coping. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Additional Information: stress; coping; health; well-being; self-determination theory; needs
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1532-3005
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:50

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