ERIC Number: EJ900850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
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Reference Count: 43
Does Experiential Avoidance Mediate the Effects of Maladaptive Coping Styles on Psychopathology and Mental Health?
Fledderus, Martine; Bohlmeijer, Ernst T.; Pieterse, Marcel E.
Behavior Modification, v34 n6 p503-519 Nov 2010
Experiential avoidance (EA) is considered a risk factor for psychopathology. This study explores whether EA mediates the relationship between maladaptive coping styles (palliative, avoidance, and passive coping) and psychopathology and positive mental health. A total of 93 adults with mild to moderate psychological distress completed measures assessing coping styles, psychopathology (depression, anxiety, and alcohol use), and mental health (emotional, psychological, and social well-being). Results showed that EA mediated the effects of passive coping on both increased anxiety and depression and decreased emotional and psychological well-being. These results suggest that a person who is prone to use EA or has learned EA in stressful situations has a higher risk of developing psychopathology and lower mental health. This indicates that early interventions that aim at people with high levels of EA are highly relevant. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Mental Health, Drinking, Psychopathology, Risk, Coping, Adults, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Emotional Disturbances, Measures (Individuals), Well Being, Stress Variables, Intervention
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