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Conservation of Resources Theory

The conservation of resources (COR) theory has been studied for over 20 years and has amassed significant research support cross-culturally within the United States and as well as internationally, becoming one of the two leading theories of stress. The COR theory is a motivational theory built on the premise that people strive to preserve, maintain, and acquire resources that protect the self, their significant others, and their tribe. The COR theory offers a comprehensive lens through which to view stress following psychological trauma. The COR theory proposes that psychological stress results when there is a threat to or actual loss of resources or a lack of resource gain following the investment of resources to achieve a goal. The loss of valued resources is especially salient ...

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