Re-thinking dyadic coping in the context of chronic illness

Published on Feb 1, 2017in Current opinion in psychology
· DOI :10.1016/J.COPSYC.2016.03.001
Hoda Badr34
Estimated H-index: 34
(ISMMS: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai),
Linda K. Acitelli23
Estimated H-index: 23
(UH: University of Houston)
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Abstract
In the past two decades scholars have increasingly recognized the importance of viewing chronic illness in a relationship context. However, questions remain regarding how couples make sense of illness, how they negotiate and coordinate coping, and the extent to which viewing the illness as a shared problem is beneficial for individual and relationship outcomes. This article seeks to clarify the role that couple relationships play in chronic illness adaptation by first describing major theoretical frameworks that have guided research in this area. Next, we propose a new model that emphasizes cognitive processes occurring before appraisal begins and throughout the coping process. We conclude by positing future research directions and implications for couple-based psychosocial interventions.
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