ERIC Number: EJ873822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Social Problem Solving as a Predictor of Well-Being in Adolescents and Young Adults
Siu, Andrew M. H.; Shek, Daniel T. L.
Social Indicators Research, v95 n3 p393-406 Feb 2010
Social problem solving is the cognitive-affective-behavioral process by which people attempt to resolve real-life problems in a social environment, and is of key importance in the management of emotions and well-being. This paper reviews a series of studies on social problem solving conducted by the authors. First, we developed and validated the Chinese version of the Social Problem-Solving Inventory Revised (C-SPSI-R) which demonstrated very good psychometric properties. Second, we identified the scope of stressful social situations faced by young adults and their self-efficacy in facing such situations (N = 179). Young adults were generally confident about their basic social skills but found it much more stressful to relate to family members, handle conflicts, handle negative behaviors from others, self-disclose to others, and to express love. Third, in two separate studies, we found that social problem solving was closely linked to measures of depression (n = 200), anxiety (n = 235), and family well-being (N = 1462). Measures of anxiety and depression were found to be significantly related to aspects of social problem solving in expected directions and expected strength. In another study, higher parental social problem solving behavior and lower avoidance behavior were found to be related to indicators of family well-being, including better overall family functioning, and fewer parent-adolescent conflicts.
Descriptors: Social Problems, Self Efficacy, Adolescents, Young Adults, Problem Solving, Psychometrics, Social Environment, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Affective Behavior, Measures (Individuals), Interpersonal Competence, Stress Variables, Parent Child Relationship, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Well Being, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong