Coping in Animal Behavior
Applied Animal Behavior Analysis
How to cite: Barata, R. (2022). Coping in Animal Behavior. Human-Animal Science.
Coping is a behavioral response to aversive situations that induce physiological stress reactions. Evolutionarily, aversive situations will likely reduce fitness if the animal fails to cope (Broom, 1991). The success of the coping behavior can be measured by its effectiveness in reducing physiological measures of stress or by its effectiveness in removing an aversive situation and thus restoring fitness.