In response to the call for this special issue of Leisure Sciences, a variety of manuscripts were received. The collection of papers represents a maturing and evolving state of research on leisure, stress, and coping. The research maturation is demonstrated in the integration of multiple conceptual frameworks, critical construct examinations, and sophisticated analyses. The evolution is evident with the theoretical foundation modification, construct development advancement, and the diversity of research methods used. With the advancements in understanding and modeling leisure, stress, and coping comes opportunities for future research and practical application. Specific areas of interest for inquiry include: Refining existent conceptual models and measures, exploring stress and coping throughout experiences, recognizing and seeking to understand various sources of stress across diverse populations, and furthering the knowledge of the effects of stress and leisure on health and quality of life. In conclusion, the diverse collection of papers assembled in this volume represents an exciting state of leisure research related to stress and coping where opportunities for further advancements exist.
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