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ERIC Number: ED436704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-18
Pages: 22
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Hardiness: Is It Still a Valid Concept?
Just, Helen D.
Hardiness, a personality factor suggested to be a determining factor in the promotion and maintenance of health behaviors, has been widely studied. S. Kobasa's hardiness factor, composed of control, commitment, and challenge, was reported to be an important component in explaining why some people can withstand stress without getting sick. A review of the literature supportive, as well as unsupportive, of Kobasa's research is given. Limitations of the hardiness research are also outlined. Although Kobasa's concept of hardiness is in serious jeopardy, it continues to provide avenues for further exploration and study. Current studies are looking at the effects of hardiness on family systems, specifically marital conflict (marital illness behavior). Other needed studies are the relation between physiological measures and hardiness, stress, and illness behavior, as well as the implications of hardiness development across the life span. (Contains 47 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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