Adolescent Coping: Theoretical and Research Perspectives by Erica Frydenberg

By Erica Frydenberg

Early life is a time whilst coping is essential, due to the fact many new stories and obligations are thrust upon contributors. kids have to cope in a number of settings, together with university, domestic, peer teams and the place of work, and with quite a number lifestyles difficulties comparable to divorce and examinations. This learn presents an account of present learn and pondering on adolescent coping, complemented by way of the voices of kids themselves. It specializes in how youngsters deal with a variety of lifestyles difficulties, and the coping varieties of specific teams, akin to the talented. It additionally considers the measurements of coping, and parts reminiscent of social help and melancholy. this article can be of curiosity to scholars of psychology, social paintings, sociology, schooling and adolescence and neighborhood paintings in addition to to an viewers of oldsters and kids.

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However, the underlying cause of their particular concern is often masked—what sometimes presents as 24 Adolescence boredom and a sense of despair. When identifying stresses and their symptoms there needs to be a search for underlying causes. Young people are the best source of information about their concerns, stresses and strains, and in any particular context they need to be asked what is going on for them as individuals. How they deal with these stresses is coping. 2 What is coping? Coping with stress is like trying to find a way you can remove or neutralise the stress factor from whatever you are doing.

If, for example, a low-achieving student observes another low-achieving student perform a task well, the observer is likely to believe that he or she can also deal with such circumstances. If the model describes to the others how he or she studied, persisted in the task and succeeded, the effectiveness in enhancing self-efficacy in the observer is increased (Schunk, 1991). It is not enough to possess the skills of competent coping; one must believe one has them (Roskies & Lazarus, 1980:57). Self-efficacy is the hallmark of people who judge themselves as able to handle situations that would otherwise be intimidating or overwhelming.

Look on the bright side of things and think of all that is good. , Discuss the problem with qualified people. 17 Seek Relaxing Diversions is about relaxation in general rather than about sport. , Find a way to relax, for example, listen to music, read a book, play a musical instrument, watch TV. , Keep fit and healthy. Coping strategies such as those above have been further categorised along a variety and number of dimensions. Folkman (1982) and Lazarus & Folkman (1984) identified a dichotomous grouping of problem- and emotion-focused coping where the problem-focused grouping is represented by a single problem-focused strategy that is made up of eleven coping actions, while the emotion-focused dimension is made up of seven strategies (Wishful Thinking, Detachment, Social Support, Focusing on the Positive, Selfblame, Tension Reduction and Keep to Self).

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