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Title:Psychologically Distressed Adults Coping With Recent Upsetting Events: The Effects of Participation in a Mutual Help Organization
Author(s):Reischl, Thomas Martin
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Clinical
Abstract:This study examines the stress and coping processes of 262 psychologically distressed adult members of mutual help groups. In structured interviews, participants reported how they responded to the most upsetting events in the previous two weeks. The results indicate that sulking responses (isolating and brooding) are consistently associated with heightened symptomatology and lower social adjustment. Longitudinal, cross-panel analyses indicate that sulking is significantly related to adjustment even after controlling for baseline adjustment indices. Additional analyses indicate that attendance at mutual help groups is associated with subsequent decreases in the maladaptive sulking responses and that actively seeking help in the groups leads to decreases in attention diverting strategies. Discussion of these results focuses on the implications for future intervention efforts and for developing a general theory of stress and coping.
Issue Date:1987
Description:134 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8803174
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1987

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