Coping Strategies

Individuals generally exhibit one of two main types of coping strategies—problem-focused or emotion-focused. A problem-focused coping strategy involves changing your behavior, the behavior of others, or the source of the stress; whereas, an emotion-focused coping strategy involves relieving emotional distress (Folkman & Lazarus, 1980). Children and adolescents tend to use more emotion-focused strategies such as releasing the emotions or distracting themselves while adults tend to use more problem-focused strategies by directly addressing the problem. Consider the coping strategies of a parent and a child with a health issue and the differences in their behaviors. How might these different coping strategies affect how parents and children deal with a child’s health issue?  

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief explanation of how a parent/guardian’s coping strategies may affect how a child might cope with a health issue. Then, explain how a child’s coping strategies may influence the parent/guardian’s coping. Provide specific examples. Support your response with the Learning Resources and other current literature.

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Crosland, A., Gordon, I., & Payne, A. (2009). Living with childhood asthma: Parental perceptions of risk in the household environment and strategies for coping. FILLER TEXT(2), 109–116.FILLER TEXTRetrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Goldbeck, L. (2001). Parental coping with the diagnosis of childhood cancer: Gender effects, dissimilarity within couples, and quality of life. FILLER TEXT(4).FILLER TEXTRetrieved from the Walden Library databases.

  • Hampel, P., Rudolph, H., Stachow, R., La?-Lentzsch, A., & Petermann, F. (2005). Coping among children and adolescents with chronic illness. FILLER TEXT(2), 145–155.FILLER TEXTRetrieved from the Walden Library databases.


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