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Existing studies on coping with stress and life difficulties are very contradictory. Traditional approaches, while identifying cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of coping, often confuse the modality of the strategy with its functionality and outcome. This conceptual drawback presents quite a few challenges to the study of efficient and inefficient strategies. Perception of the incongruence between modalities (cognitive, emotional, or behavioral) of a particular strategy and its functionality or organizational efforts (efficient vs. inefficient) hinders the development of an integrated methodology for a generalized coping with life stress process. The absence of general principles for classification of efficient and inefficient coping poses methodological as well as practical difficulties in their diagnostics and differentiation, thereby causing additional obstacles in the systematic study of this important phenomenon. The Coping with Life Stress approach is focused on research based on the translation of scientific knowledge regarding problem solving processes into practical applications geared toward improvement of individual life learning, or coping, skills.
Coping with Life Stress concept has broader impacts for our understanding of the mediating psychosocial role of problem solving skills in promoting competence in dealing with life difficulties. Coping as a foundation of human strength is a promising mission of psychology that focuses on building individual and group competence, rather than adjusting weakness. This direction of research is based on a healthy, positive model of human behavior. The basic principles of positive psychology correspond strongly to the guidelines of coping with life stress psychology, whose primary goal is to explore the uniqueness of human individuality. The concept of human competence is an ideal starting point for studying the complexity of human individuality as well as investigating the fundamental issues such as quality of life, satisfaction with life self and others. In medical settings Coping with Life Stress approach emphasize equal values of on individual studies based on qualitative insights, as well as group studies based upon quantitative, aggregate, analysis thus defining favorable and unfavorable for successful treatment coping repertoire that affects recovery from illness, mental and physical disorders and associated chronic and posttraumatic stress.
The newly proposed approach of Coping with Life Stress serves as useful feedback while assessing changes in individual coping repertoire during therapy and consulting, rehabilitation and medical recovery, for it measures flexible individual strategies that can be modified as a result of life experiences or educational training.
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