Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Avoidant Coping

"Two important moderating effects of coping were found. Our findings indicated that there was a strong positive relationship between violence and PTSD re-experiencing symptoms in children who use cognitive distraction coping strategies more often, but that there was no relationship for children who use cognitive distraction less often."
The following statement is an example of cognitive distraction:  
When I feel (mad, sad, anxious), I try to see the good side of things in general.

Too much cognitive distraction as a way to cope with violence exposure leads to PTSD re-experiencing symptoms (flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, etc.).

A little cognitive distraction isn't so bad.

DEMPSEY, M., OVERSTREET, S., & MOELY, B. (2000). "Approach" and "Avoidance" Coping and PTSD Symptoms in Inner-City Youth, Current Psychology: Developmental  Learning Personality Social, 19(1), 28-45. 

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