Hassles, Stress and

Hassles are stressors defined as relatively minor events that individuals experience as they move throughout their daily lives that may be perceived as stressful. For example, getting stuck in traffic or having to complete household chores are daily hassles. Although considered to be relatively minor compared with other types of stress and stressors (e.g., life events, trauma), these fairly mundane realities of daily life have the potential to pile up over time and have been associated with declines in physical health, psychological health, and relational health. This entry briefly introduces the concept of hassles, describes the unique qualities of hassles as compared with other types of stress, and discusses the ability of hassles to pile up over time and spill over from one domain ...

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