Chronic Illness -- Coping
The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is coping with chronic illness.
· Folkman S, and Moskowitz JT (2000). Positive affect and the other side of coping. American Psychologist 55:647-654. Classic follow-up of the original theoretical work for Folkman and her former colleague, Richard Lazarus. This paper takes the Lazarus and Folkman theory further.
· Scheier MF, Matthews KA, Owens JF, Magovern GJ, Lefebvre R, Abbott RC, and Carver CS (1989). Dispositional optimism and recovery from coronary artery bypass surgery: The beneficial effects of optimism on physical and psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 57:1024-1040. Superb sample of a paper pointing to the role of optimism in recovery. Reinforces the point about positive aspects of coping.
· Chesney MA, Folkman S, and Chambers D (1996). Coping effectiveness training for men living with HIV disease: Preliminary findings. International Journal of STD and AIDS 7/2:75-82. And: Chesney MA, and Folkman S (1994). Psychological impact of HIV and implications for interventions. Psychiatric Clinics of North America 17:163-182. Together, these articles present an intervention for coping with chronic conditions that fits with the prevailing theories.
· Bower JE, Kemeny ME, and Fawzy F (2002). Group interventions for individuals with serious medical illness. In M Chesney and M Antoni (Eds.), Health Psychology Innovations: New Target Populations for Prevention and Care. American Psychological Association, 2002. Review of intervention studies for managing chronic illness, using HIV as a model.
· Carver CS, Scheier MF, and Weintraub JK (1989). Assessing coping strategies: A theoretically based approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 56:257-283. Exellent discussion of the importance of assessing the dimensions of coping in research. Among papers on measurement of coping, clearly one of the very best and used heavily by the extramural research community.
· Helgeson VS, Cohen S, Shultz R, and Yasko J (2000). Group support interventions for women with breast cancer: Who benefits from what. Health Psychology 18, 107-114. Important, well-designed study that sheds doubt on simple group interventions as the answer for coping with chronic illness.
· Antoni MH, Baggett L, Ironson G, LaPerriere A, August S, Klimas N, Schneiderman N, and Fletcher M (1991). Cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention buffers distress responses and immunologic changes following notification of HIV-1 seropositivity. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 59:906-915. Very interesting example of how coping interventions may have physiological effects.
"The Infography about Coping with Chronic Illness"
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