By C. R. Snyder, Carol E. Ford, Robert N. Harris (auth.), C. R. Snyder, Carol E. Ford (eds.)
"Like a Bridge over Waters" The surge of present curiosity within the interface among medical and social psychology is easily illustrated by means of the ebook of a few normal texts and journals during this zone, and the turning out to be emphasis in graduate courses on offering education in either disciplines. even if the bene matches of an built-in clinical-social strategy were famous for a few years, the new paintings during this sector has complex from the oretical extrapolations of social mental types to scientific concerns to thought and learn that's in accordance with social ideas and performed in medical domain names. it's changing into more and more universal to discover social psy chologists pursuing learn with scientific populations and medical psy chologists investigating variables that experience commonly been within the realm of social psychology. a big quarter of interface among the 2 disciplines is in examine and thought curious about how members reply to damaging occasions. as well as the craze towards an built-in clinical-social process, the turning out to be physique of literature during this region displays the explosion of cur hire curiosity within the quarter of well-being psychology; paintings by way of scientific and social psychologists at the subject matters of tension and coping has been one of many significant elements of this burgeoning box. the aim of the current quantity is to supply a standard discussion board for contemporary advances within the medical and social literature on responses to unfavorable existence outcomes.
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Some specific issues relevant for further research are discussed in the following (see note 1). Issues for Further Research Cognitive or Behavioral Coping. In theory, subjective distress could be reduced either through essentially cognitive changes or through behavioral coping processes that produce changes in environmental conditions or interpersonal relationships. Either cognitive or behavioral coping can plausibly be linked to stress reduction, but little research has examined exactly how coping in natural settings is enhanced through help-seeking.
Esteem support describes the function of transactions showing that an individual is esteemed, accepted, and valued for his or her own worth as a person. This function (also termed emotional support or confidant support) may be provided through instances where someone listens attentively and sympathetically to a person's concerns or problems, shows understanding and sharing of personal experiences, and communicates that he or she accepts the person even though he or she is experiencing difficulty in some area.
The presumption is that this type of support has a direct effect on self-esteem when it is threatened, and several studies show esteem-support measures related to reduced depressive symptomatology primarily at a high level of negative events (see Cohen & Wills, 1985). Informational Support. A different function of social support is the ability of other persons to provide help with problem definition, information about possible alternatives, and advice about decisions and courses of action. Conversations with helpful persons can reduce distress because they assist in clarifying the nature or locus of the problem and in correctly appraising the stressor with regard to its relative threat poten- HELP-SEEKING AS A COPING MECHANISM 33 tial, severity, and longevity (Pearlin, 1985).
Coping with Negative Life Events: Clinical and Social Psychological Perspectives by C. R. Snyder, Carol E. Ford, Robert N. Harris (auth.), C. R. Snyder, Carol E. Ford (eds.)