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Stress coping strategies and psychological well-being among nurses By Boey Kam-Weng, Chan Kwok-Bun And Ko Yiu-Chung

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The ‘Ways of Coping’ checklist developed by Lazarus & Folkman (1984) is one of the most popular instruments for assessing coping strategies. It has been used for the study of various populations such as community samples, patients with diverse medical conditions and caregivers of spouses with dementia or brain injury. Typically, a distinction is made between problem-focused coping strategies, aimed at problem-solving and emotion-focused coping strategies which involve managing emotional distress. Work stress associated with the demanding job carried out by nurses has been extensively documented. The five categories of coping strategy were found to be relatively independent, particularly the relationships between Negative Emotion- Focused Coping and other coping strategies. Nurses were divided into two groups according to their frequency score (high vs. low) on coping strategies in order to examine the relationship of coping strategy to psychological well-being.

Keywords: emotional distress; psychological well-being; stress coping strategies



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