Culture, Coping and Resilience to Stress

Aldwin, Carolyn M.

In: Gross National Happiness and Development - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Operationalization of Gross National Happiness. Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu 2004, pp. 563-573 . ISBN 99936-14-22-X

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Sudden economic change can have devastating effects on the wellbeing of a country, as witnessed by the dramatic increases in suicide rates in the former Soviet Socialist Republics. However, it is possible to use economic development to promote happiness, if one understands the relationship between culture, coping, and resilience to stress. Cultures shape both normative stressors and individuals’ responses to them; individual coping strategies and cultural institutions must change to accommodate new types of stressors induced by economic development. However, strategies such as the promotion of intact social networks and dispersed economic development can mitigate the impact of stress due to economic change on gross national happiness.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 24 March 2010
ISBN: 99936-14-22-X
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: "Social services; association"
Controlled Subjects: Kultur, Wohlbefinden, Stress
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stressverarbeitung, Culture , Well-Being , Stress
Subject (classification): Sociology