Adolescent Coping: Theoretical and Research Perspectives by Erica Frydenberg

By Erica Frydenberg

Youth is a time while coping is essential, for the reason that many new stories and duties are thrust upon members. youth have to cope in quite a few settings, together with college, domestic, peer teams and the place of work, and with more than a few existence difficulties akin to divorce and examinations. This examine presents an account of present learn and considering on adolescent coping, complemented by way of the voices of adolescents themselves. It specializes in how adolescents deal with quite a number existence difficulties, and the coping sorts of specific teams, reminiscent of the talented. It additionally considers the measurements of coping, and components corresponding to social aid and melancholy. this article could 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 young people.

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The concept of appraisal has been well documented by Lazarus and his colleagues. Research in the area of adolescent coping generally focuses on situational determinants, individual characteristics and coping actions. These are discussed further in subsequent chapters. There is a dearth of literature on coping outcomes per se because of difficulties in obtaining objective data. What is clear is that life events, along with coping resources, are predictive of stress (Zeidner & Hammer, 1990). However, there is some evidence from correlational studies that particular outcomes are associated with the use of particular coping strategies, although it is difficult to infer causality.

Youth unemployment is increasing in many communities, as are changes and disruptions to family life, competition for tertiary places in a climate of shrinking employment opportunities and so on. 18 Adolescence Elkind ascribes the increase in adolescent stress in part to the rapid move from an industrial to a postindustrial society where adults are preoccupied with their own pursuits, both work- and leisure-related, at the expense of meeting the needs of the young. Elkind’s view of increasing stress in adolescence is supported by those who report on the sharp increase in suicide rates among adolescents over the past twenty years (see Chapter 8).

Adolescent stress The incidence of stress-related problems in teenagers has increased markedly over the past fifteen years (Elkind, 1984a). Youth unemployment is increasing in many communities, as are changes and disruptions to family life, competition for tertiary places in a climate of shrinking employment opportunities and so on. 18 Adolescence Elkind ascribes the increase in adolescent stress in part to the rapid move from an industrial to a postindustrial society where adults are preoccupied with their own pursuits, both work- and leisure-related, at the expense of meeting the needs of the young.

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