Theory and research- Current Problems
Edited By Hanna Liberska and Marzanna Farnicka
Aggression and Coping with Stress. Which Aspects of Aggression Appear Due to Coping with Stress?
Numerous studies have demonstrated that aggression is related to stress (eg., Suzuki, Lucas, 2012; Barlett, Anderson, 2013). There are many theoretical approaches to stress. Some of them treat stress as an incentive, others as a reaction. Stress viewed as an incentive refers to the objective influence of various factors, for example, temperature, workload, time, and pressure. It is evident that this approach ignores individual differences or emotions evoked by stress. The approach that treats stress as a reaction, on the other hand, is based on the different ways (behavioral, affective and cognitive) an organism responds to external and internal incentives (Staal, 2004). The Transactional Model of stress is an approach which integrates these theoretical currents. The main assumption is the contention that the presence of stress depends on situational circumstances as well as the individual’s features. Additionally, it is emphasized that the perception of incentives as stressful is the effect of subjective appraisal of person who experiences the situation (Lazarus, Folkman, 1987).
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