An alternative models test of Lazarus' process theory of coping

Mel Fugate, Angelo J. Kinicki, Gregory E. Prussia

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We tested the complete and current conceptualization of Lazarus' (1991) seminal process theory of coping. Despite the wide influence and use of his theory, most past research tests only subsets of the theory's main constructs and permutations between them. To determine the appropriate structure of the coping process we tested alternative longitudinal models in the context of organizational change Xcomplete mediation process, partial mediation process, transposed process, and direct effects- and found that a complete mediation process model best fit the sample data: threat appraisal" 3negative anticipatory emotions" 3control coping" 3subjective well-being. Our findings support the process nature of coping, illuminate the central role of appraisal, and include emotions (a more recent and important addition to his theory). Contributions and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2005 Annual Meeting: A New Vision of Management in the 21st Century, AOM 2005
StatePublished - 2005
Event65th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2005 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2005Aug 10 2005


Other65th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI


  • Alternative models
  • Appraisal
  • Coping process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management


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