Appraoches to coping with stress

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  • Created on: 05-06-11 13:32

Problem-focused coping.

Strategies are;

  • Taking control of the stressful situation (e.g. finding out as much as possible about a disease or taking active steps to deal with debt)
  • Evaluating the pros and cons of different options for dealing with the stressor.
  • Suppressing competing activities.

Some strategies such as seeking social support, can be both problem-focused and emotion-focused.

Emotion-focused include;

  • Denial
  • Focusing on and venting emotions
  • Wishful thinking (dwelling on what might have been if this hadn't happened)

Some forms of emotion focused are positive such as, reinterpreting the event in a positive light, whereas some are negative such as, repeatedly thinking about the problem without trying to change it.

A study of nursing students carried…


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