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ERIC Number: EJ783095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2909
Crisis Decision Theory: Decisions in the Face of Negative Events
Sweeney, Kate
Psychological Bulletin, v134 n1 p61-76 Jan 2008
How do people respond to negative life events? Crisis decision theory combines the strengths of coping theories with research on decision making to predict the responses people choose under negative circumstances. The theory integrates literatures on coping, health behavior, and decision making, among others, into 3 stages that describe the process of responding to negative events: (a) assessing the severity of the negative event, (b) determining response options, and (c) evaluating response options. The author reviews and organizes the relevant research on factors that shape information processing at each stage and that ultimately predict decisions in the face of negative events. Finally, the author presents a critique of crisis decision theory and discusses areas for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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