The relative efficacy of avoidant and nonavoidant coping strategies: a meta-analysis.

@article{Suls1985TheRE,
  title={The relative efficacy of avoidant and nonavoidant coping strategies: a meta-analysis.},
  author={Jerry Suls and Barbara Fletcher},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={1985},
  volume={4 3},
  pages={249-88}
}
A casual review of the research literature on coping strategies suggests that strategies involving avoidant tactics are effective in reducing pain, stress, and anxiety in some cases, whereas nonavoidant strategies (called here attention), appear to be more effective in others. This article reports the results of a series of meta-analyses to ascertain whether there are systematic patterns in the empirical literature that describe when attention strategies are more or less effective than avoidant… CONTINUE READING

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