Results with Coping with Rheumatic Stressors (CORS) are reported. The CORS measures eight coping styles directed at the most important chronic stressors of RA i.e. pain, limitations, and dependence. The relation between coping and well-being was analysed while controlling for relevant disease status variables. Comforting cognitions, decreasing activity and diverting attention were styles of coping with pain that were related to well-being, when level of pain was controlled. Optimism, pacing, and seeking creative solutions were styles of coping with limitations. Both optimism and pacing were related to well-being, when functional capacity was being controlled. Acceptance and showing consideration were styles of coping with dependence. Consideration was the only coping style related to well-being, when functional capacity and social network were being controlled.