Title

Self‐change of psychological distress: Laypersons' vs. psychologists' coping strategies

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1986

Abstract

This study investigated the change processes that laypersons (N = 270) and psychologists (N = 158) reported using to overcome psychological distress. Eighty‐nine percent of the community sample and 82% of the professional sample experienced at least one episode of distress. Interpersonal relationships and willpower strategies were employed commonly in both samples; medication was used infrequently. Gender, education, and previous treatment were related to coping processes among laypersons. A comparative analysis indicated that, relative to laypersons, psychologists exhibited a larger and more varied repertoire of coping strategies. Copyright © 1986 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company

Publication Title

Journal of Clinical Psychology

Volume

42

Issue

5

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