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introduction
How people cope with stress?
· What does it mean coping with stress?
= cognitions (learned ways of coping) and
behaviours (calmness or excitement) that a
person uses to reduce stress and to moderate its
Real emotional impact.
situation: you are walking to school with some friends.
One of your friends decides to cross Kenworthy road outside the
pedestrian
crossing. Suddenly, a car doesn't see your friend and drive him over.
Other drivers turn up; they shout, some scream... HOW DO YOU
COPE??…read more

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The 2 major types of coping strategies:
· Problem-focused coping.
· Emotion-focused coping.
Problem-focused coping: strategies used to
directly alleviate
the stressful situation itself
Emotion-focused coping: deal only with
emotional distress
Some associated with
strategies be both stressful events
problem-focused and emotion-focused?
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Problem-focused coping
· Taking control of the stressful situation.
· Finding out as much as possible about a disease,
and taking active steps to deal with debt.
· Evaluating the pros and cons of different options
for dealing with the stressor.
Choosing or not to have surgery. Plan a new life
after bereavement.
· Suppressing competing activities.…read more

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Emotion-focused coping
Magnitude will vary with the nature of the stressor,
as different stressors create different types of emotion.
Denial
going on as if nothing had happened
Distancing
just not thinking about it
Focusing
on and venting emotions (getting angry with people
etc)
Wishful thinking…read more

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TEXTBOOK
· Read p.66
· Name the strategies used.
· Write two short summaries:
· Michenbaum's (SIT)
· For:
· Against:
· Kobasa (Hardiness Training)
· For:…read more

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