Daily versus major life events as predictors of symptom frequency: a replication study

J Gen Psychol. 1986 Jul;113(3):205-18. doi: 10.1080/00221309.1986.9711031.


Predictions of physical symptomatology by daily life events and by major life events were compared, replicating and expanding work reported by DeLongis, Coyne, Dakof, Folkman, & Lazarus (1982). Analyses of daily, prospective data collected on 79 married men for 90 days demonstrated that daily, undesirable events were better predictors of symptom frequencies than either past, major life events or daily, desirable events. These results, similar to those found by DeLongis et al. (1982), were further explored by examining "healthy" subjects versus subjects with prior medical conditions. Undesirable daily events were a much stronger predictor of physical symptoms in the healthy group than in the prior medical conditions group.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Psychological Tests
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology*
  • Risk
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / complications