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J Abnorm Child Psychol. 1989 Apr;17(2):203-12.

Common problems and coping strategies. I: Findings with normal adolescents.

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Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University Program in Medicine, Providence 02903.


This study investigated problems commonly experienced by adolescents and the strategies they use to cope with these events. Coping strategies were examined across the subjects' emotional state and their evaluation of the problem. In general, adolescents reported four common stressors that were similar across age groups and gender. However, males differed from females in the frequency of these problems. Further, while the stressors were similar, the frequency with which the coping strategies were employed and the efficacy ascribed to them differed across sex and across problem type. These findings are discussed in terms of the stress and coping literature with adults and the implications for clinical assessment and treatment of adolescents.

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