Coping: The Psychology of What Works

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of disease is a comprehensive understanding of coping and its implications for psychological and physical health.In this volume, Snyder and the participating authors have provided a comprehensive, and timely, review of current conceptualizations of coping, ranging from coping with catastrophic events, to the value of effective coping, to the nature of hope and the relationship of coping to positive emotions. The application of coping to the broader domain of health and basic daily human functioning is timely. As healthcare systems assume responsibility for the health of individuals served, knowledge of the role of coping in health is even more important. Like medicine 100 years ago, the merging of society needs with the profession's contributions creates a unique opportunity.Of course, applying coping to healthcare systems and suggesting it is a fundamental mechanism in prevention, essential to the overall health of the community, goes beyond the applications described in this text. The applications of coping described are, however, fundamental to understanding the value of the articles included within this text, as well as the magnitude of the potential implications of the text. Snyder has created a tour de force of coping research; the most renowned theoreticians and investigators of coping research grace the pages of this book. As Snyder notes in the last chapter, texts such as this will hopefully move the field to a more prospective, theoretically driven model of coping research. The rampant escalation of correlational studies derived from the advent of coping measurement scales has hopefully run its course. In addition to defining the theory and current research on coping, the text moves the field to the brink of one of the largest issues facing Americans: How can we prevent disease and live gracefully with chronic health conditions that will affect as many as 100 million Americans (7)? By advancing the theory and science of coping, Snyder and his colleagues have positioned the field to contribute to this much larger debate.
References
Hall T. ( 1998, Tuesday, April 28). "Seeking a focus on joy in the field of psychology". New York Times, p. B10.
Snyder C. R., & Forsyth D. R. (Eds.) ( 1991). Handbook of social and clinical psychology. Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press, Inc.
Snyder C. R., & Ford C. E. ( 1987). Coping with negative life events: Clinical and social psychological perspectives. New York: Plenum.
Stevens R. ( 1989). In Sickness and in wealth: American hospitals in the twentieth century. Now York: Basic Books, Inc. Publishers.
Frank R. G., & VandenBos G. R. ( 1994) "Health care reform: The 1993- 1994 evolution". American Psychologist, 94( 10), 851-854.
Frank R. G. (in press). "Organized delivery systems: Implications for clinical psychology services or We zigged when we should have zagged". Rehabilitation Psychology.
Hoffman C., Rice D., & Sung H. Y. ( 1995). "Persons with chronic conditions: Their prevalence and costs". Journal of the American Medical Association, 276, 1473-1479.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • References ix
  • Preface xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Contributors xv
  • 1: Coping Where Have You Been? 3
  • References 14
  • 2: Reality Negotiation and Coping the Social Construction of Adaptive Outcomes 20
  • References 39
  • 3: Coping and Ego Depletion Recovery After the Coping Process 50
  • References 65
  • 4: Sharing One's Story Translating Emotional Experiences into Words as a Coping Tool 70
  • References 86
  • 5: Focusing on Emotion an Adaptive Coping Strategy? 90
  • References 111
  • 6: Personality, Affectivity, and Coping 119
  • References 136
  • 7: Coping Intelligently Emotional Intelligence and the Coping Process 141
  • References 160
  • 8: Learned Optimism in Children 165
  • References 178
  • 9: Optimism 182
  • Concluding Comment 200
  • References 201
  • 10: Hoping 205
  • References 222
  • Appendix A: the Children's Hope Scale 228
  • Appendix B: the Adult Trait Hope Scale 230
  • 11: Mastery-Oriented Thinking 232
  • References 250
  • 12: Coping with Catastrophes and Catastrophizing 252
  • References 273
  • 13: Finding Benefits in Adversity 279
  • References 298
  • References 320
  • 15: Coping Where Are You Going? 324
  • References 333
  • Index 335
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