Problem-Focused and Emotion-Focused Coping

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  • Describe one example each for effective problem-focused, emotion-focused, and biology-focused coping mechanisms and explain why each is effective. 
  • Describe one example each for ineffective problem-focused, emotion-focused, and biology-focused coping mechanisms and explain why each is ineffective. 
  • Explain two approaches you might use to address the most common ineffective coping mechanisms for the population you selected in Week 3.

Readings

  • Course Text: Carver, C. S. (2011). Coping. In R. J. Contrada & A. Baum (Eds.), The handbook of stress science: Biology, psychology, and health (pp. 221–229). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

    Now with an understanding of how individuals experience stress and learn to cope, and the influence of stress on the body in terms of stress-related and non-stress related disease, please review Chapter 17, “Coping” from the perspective of effective coping mechanisms to manage stress within specific populations.

  • Course Text: Rook, K. S., August, K. J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2011). Social network functions and health. In R. J. Contrada & A. Baum (Eds.), The handbook of stress science: Biology, psychology, and health (pp. 123–136). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. 
  • Book Chapter: Chun, C.-A., Moos, R. H., & Cronkite, R. C. (2005). Culture: A fundamental context for the stress and coping paradigm. In Wong, P. T. P., & Wong, L. C. J. (Eds.), Handbook of multicultural perspectives on stress and coping (pp. 29–53). New York, NY: Springer.
    Handbook of Multicultural Perspectives on Stress and Coping, 1st Edition by Wong, P.; Wong, L. Copyright 2005 by Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. via the Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Article: Bittner, J. G., IV, Khan, Z., Babu, M., & Hamed, O. (2011). Stress, burnout, and maladaptive coping: Strategies for surgeon well-being. Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 96(8), 17–22.
    Stress, burnout, and maladaptive coping: Strategies for surgeon well-being by Bittner, J.G., Khan, Z., Babu, M., & Hamed, O., in Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, Vol. 96/Issue 8. Copyright 2011 by The American College of Surgeons. Reprinted by permission of The American College of Surgeons via the Copyright Clearance Center.   
  • Handout: Laureate Education, Inc. (2012). Coping in a social context. Unpublished document.
  • Handout: Laureate Education, Inc. (2012). The focus of coping. Unpublished document.
  • Web Resource: Alzheimer’s Association. (2012). Coping. Retrieved from org/care/alzheimers-dementia-support-help.asp” target=”_blank”>http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-support-help.asp
  • Web Resource: National Cancer Institute. (n.d.). Coping with cancer: Supportive and palliative care. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping
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