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Coping and Social Support

Part Two. Causal and Mediating Psychosocial Factors

  1. Sharon Manne PhD

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471264385.wei0903

Handbook of Psychology

Handbook of Psychology

How to Cite

Manne, S. 2003. Coping and Social Support. Handbook of Psychology. Two:3:51–74.

Author Information

  1. Fox Chase Cancer Center, Division of Population Science and Psychooncology Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


Coping and social support are among the most widely written about and researched topics in health psychology. Both constructs have been hypothesized as reasons why particular individuals are at increased risk for developing illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer and why some individuals do not adapt well once they develop a disease. More recently, coping and social support have been linked with disease course and survival. In this chapter, I review theories of coping, definitions of social support, evidence supporting the role of coping and social support in health and psychological outcomes, theoretical and methodological challenges to both areas of research, and directions for future research.


  • coping;
  • disease progression;
  • disease recovery;
  • illness;
  • psychological adaptation;
  • social support