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Victims' Symptom : glossary:coping-mechanism
 
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Coping mechanism

Coping mechanisms are one group of coping skillsA coping skill is a behavioral tool which may be used by individuals to offset or overcome adversity, disadvantage, or disability without correcting or eliminating the underlying condition .... They are skills that person use for stressStress is not a useful term for scientists because it is such a highly subjective phenomenon that it defies definition. The term is in use from 1936 when Hans Selye defined stress as "the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change" ... reduction. In psychological terms, these are consciously used skills. Unconscious counterpart of coping mechanism are defense mechanisms. Overuse of particularly coping or defense mechanisms may exacerbate individuals problem rather than remedy it. (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984; Aldwin & Revenson, 1987).

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References:

  • Aldwin C, Revenson TA. Does coping help? A reexamination of the relationship between coping and mental health. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1987;53:337-348.

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