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Psychology: Coping Strategies

This article answers the question: What are the major differences between problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping? Provide examples of each that would be applicable to a social or occupational setting.

Both methods of coping are explained, with their major differences highlighted.
To help illustrate the concepts, basic examples using occupational and social scenarios are provided.

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Problem-focused Coping
Problem-focused coping deals with the external environment and involves coping with a specific the situation.

Emotion-focused Coping
Emotion-focused coping is more internally focused and involves dealing with the emotions caused by stress or the situation.

Occupational Scenario
An individual with test anxiety and mediocre study skills is getting ready for a final exam.

Problem-focused approach
Through the use of problem-focused coping the individual may do any of ...

Solution Summary

This briefly explains problem-focused and emotion-focused coping strategies. Examples are provided.