[(Coping with Life Crises: An Integrated Approach)] [Author: by Rudolf H. Moos, Jeanne A. Schaefer (auth.), Rudolf H. Moos

By Rudolf H. Moos, Jeanne A. Schaefer (auth.), Rudolf H. Moos Ph.D. (eds.)

This e-book examines new advancements within the sector of human competence and coping habit. It units forth a conceptual framework that considers the interaction among environmental contexts and private assets and their impression on how indi­ viduals focus on lifestyles transitions and crises. the choices conceal the projects faced in various existence crises and describe the coping techniques hired in handling them. the fabric identifies the long term results of such lifestyles occasions as divorce and bereave­ ment in addition to the best way those stressors can advertise own development and adulthood. The booklet incorporates a huge selec­ tion of modern literature on coping and version, integrative commentaries that supply the historical past for every of the parts in addition to conceptual linkages between them, and an introductory evaluate that offers a basic point of view on human compe­ tence and coping. Illustrative case examples are integrated. the 1st a part of the publication is geared up chronologically ac­ cording to developmental existence transitions faced via many people-from the early life years via early life, profession selection and parenthood, divorce and remarriage, center age and retirement, and loss of life and bereavement. the second one half covers strange lifestyles crises and different risks that usually contain ex­ treme rigidity resembling man-made and average failures and terrorism. The ebook highlights potent coping habit between fit participants instead of mental breakdown and psychiatric indicators. The emphasis is on profitable model, the facility to deal with existence transitions and crises, and the method in which such ix x PREFACf. ".

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Emotional discharge. This diverse array of responses includes openly venting one's feelings of anger and despair, crying or screaming in protest at news of a fateful prognosis or the sudden death of a loved one, and using jokes and gallows humor to help allay constant strain. It also includes "acting out" by not complying with social norms as well as behavior that may temporarily reduce tension, such as when an adolescent girl goes on eating binges or engages in promiscuous sexual activity after the death of her father.

Problem-focused coping seeks to confront the reality of a crisis and its aftermath by dealing with the tangible consequences and trying to construct a more satisfying situation. Emotionfocused coping aims to manage the feelings provoked by a crisis and to maintain affective equilibrium. Thus, coping skills can focus on the meaning, the practical aspects, or the emotions linked to a crisis. We use these ideas to categorize coping responses into nine types (see Table 2). 1. Logical analysis and mental preparation.

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