Resource Loss among Adults, Groups, and Communities

Stress occurring to adults, groups, and communities is seen through the lens of conservation of resources (COR) theory as being primarily a function of actual objective challenges or events that occur in people's lives. Although COR theory sees a role for appraisals of these events, this theory posits that because of our common biology and shared cultural underpinnings, most of the appraisals are also shared, meaning they are common among people. COR theory is a comprehensive motivational stress theory that conceptualizes the impacts and sequelae of traumatic events. The central tenet of COR theory is that individuals strive to obtain, retain, and protect those things they most value. These valued entities are referred to as resources. COR theory predicts that stress occurs when individuals face ...

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