Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Problem Solving

  • Seth A. Margolis
  • Patricia Osborne
  • Jeffrey S. GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_208



Problem-solving therapy (PST) is a brief, empirically supported, cognitive-behavioral intervention aimed at training clients to identify, evaluate, and resolve everyday problems through the methodical application of problem-solving skills. In addition to teaching specific coping skills, PST emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive problem-solving orientation and a rational problem-solving style (D’Zurilla & Nezu, 2010).

An individual’s problem-solving orientation encompasses how one perceives problems, to what/whom they attribute these problems, how they appraise problematic situations, and the degree to which they view their problems as under their control. A major goal of PST is to help clients view problems as solvable challenges instead of insurmountable impasses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seth A. Margolis
    • 1
  • Patricia Osborne
    • 1
  • Jeffrey S. Gonzalez
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Clinical Psychology, Health EmphasisFerkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva UniversityBronxUSA
  2. 2.Diabetes Research CenterAlbert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva UniversityBronxUSA