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ERIC Number: ED122183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Pages: 17
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Effectiveness of Avoidant Thinking and Redefinition in Coping with Stress.
Burish, Thomas G.; And Others
After receiving a sample shock, subjects in a Threat Condition were told that they would receive additional painful shocks while subjects in a Nonthreat Condition were not threatened with additional shocks. Subjects in an Avoidant Thinking Condition were then instructed to read and think about an amusing story, subjects in a Situation Redefinition Condition were instructed to write down reasons why they should not be afraid in this situation, and subjects in a Control Condition were not given any instructions for coping with stress. (Coping conditions were factorially crossed with Threat conditions and 192 subjects were employed.) Physiological measures (pulse rate, finger pulse volume, skin resistance) indicated that unlike the results of previous research avoidant thinking was effective in reducing stress but situation redefinition was not. Discussion was focused on the parameters which determine whether or not a coping strategy will be effective. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For related document, see CG010503; Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 2, 1975); Not available in hard copy due to marginal reproducibility of original document