ERIC Number: ED198677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Coping to Adaptive Behavior: Implications for Education.
Payne, Glen C.; And Others
A coping process model is offered as a guide to the construction of intervention and planning programs for the mentally retarded. Current conceptions and measurement of adaptive behavior focus on whether or not a person handled a problem well, not how the person handles the problem situation. The paper views coping behavior as the process of adaptation, and adaptation as the end result of the coping process. A model for this coping process is described and includes a sequence of coping behaviors: confronting the situation, thoughtfully engaging the situation to find possible solutions, persistence at trying out solutions, and usually achieving solutions. Limitations of this application of the coping process are explored. Examples of training studies pertaining to independent functioning and personal and social responsibility are critiqued according to the coping process model. It is demonstrated that a fully conceptualized and operationalized intervention program for the mentally retarded could be based on this coping process model. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Montreal, Canada, September, 1980).