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ERIC Number: EJ827153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
The Relationship between Problem-Solving Efficacy and Coping amongst Australian Adolescents
Frydenberg, Erica; Lewis, Ramon
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v37 n1 p51-64 Feb 2009
Research with adults over the last 20 years indicates that people who see themselves as less efficient problem-solvers use more maladaptive coping strategies. This study of two independent data sets totalling almost 2000 adolescents examined this possibility by correlating adolescents' self-perceived efficacy at problem-solving with their usage of productive and non-productive coping styles. It was found that the results for adolescents and adults differed. Adolescents' perceptions of problem-solving efficacy were primarily associated with the use of productive strategies. Low efficacy was independent of the use of non-productive strategies for boys and had only a moderate, although statistically significant relationship for girls. These findings show that in conjunction with the teaching of coping skills, which is often done in a counselling context, we need to teach young people to be efficacious problem-solvers so that they may adequately increase their resilience in adulthood. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia