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ERIC Number: EJ824553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
Expanding the Conceptualization and Measurement of Applied Problem Solving and Coping: From Stages to Dimensions to the Almost Forgotten Cultural Context
Heppner, Puncky Paul
American Psychologist, v63 n8 p805-816 Nov 2008
The purpose of this article is to suggest an expansion of the conceptualizations and measurement of applied problem solving and, relatedly, coping. The author discusses the evolution of his programmatic line of research over the last 30 years to illustrate the changing landscape in applied problem solving and, to a lesser extent, in the coping literature. Developments from the early stage-sequential models of applied problem solving to the utility of combining major dimensions of applied problem solving and coping are discussed, as are the notion of problem resolution as a way of assessing consequences of coping, and finally, the use of East Asian cultural values to assess collectivistic coping styles. The overlooked and until recently almost forgotten role of culture in the evolution of these general domains of inquiry is highlighted. The author concludes that greater attention to the cultural context will expand psychology's theoretical models, greatly enhance our empirically based understanding of applied problem solving/coping, and promote our ability to enhance effective problem solving and coping around the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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