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Introduction: Society, stress and coping: The dialectic of person-environment fit and human adaptation

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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which attempts to explain the observed variability of stress and coping experiences amongst members of seven professional groups: engineers, nurses, police officers, teachers, insurance agents, doctors and lawyers. The data is based on two separate studies. The first study constructed profiles of six professional groups (lawyers, doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers and life insurance agents) with respect to their sources of work stress and ways of coping. This study also examined the relationship between subjective reports of stress levels and selected personality variables such as Type A personality, self-esteem and internal-external control. The second study investigated work stressors and the coping with stress in relation to the health and well-being of police officers in Singapore. The chapter presents an overview of how other chapters in the book are organised.

Keywords: coping experiences; personality variables; professional groups; work stress



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