Major Life Events and Minor Stressors: Identifying Mediational Links in the Stress Process

David R. Pillow, Alex J. Zautra, Irwin Sandler

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Abstract

Whether the relationship between major life events and distress is mediated through minor stressors was examined in three stress groups: those who (a) experienced the death of a spouse, (b) divorced, or (c) were the parent of a child with asthma. Each of these major stress groups was compared with a control group. Path analyses conducted by aggregating the data across major stress groups indicated that major life events exert both a direct influence on distress and an indirect influence through minor stressors. On the other hand, the nature of the mediational relation linking major life events with psychological distress through minor stressors was found to vary as a function of the major life stress situation under consideration. Methodological and theoretical implications for the study of stress processes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-394
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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