Avoidance Coping Strategies
Avoidance coping is one of the major types of coping that allows an individual to deal with the extrinsic and intrinsic sources of stress ranging from life’s daily hassles to major events. Avoidance coping is particularly distinguished from problem-focused mechanism as this is aimed at quelling the immediate experiences of distress through the utilization of both cognitive and behavioral techniques (Folkman and Moskowitz 2004). Such efforts are “oriented toward denying, minimizing, or otherwise avoiding dealing directly with stressful demands” (Holahan et al. 2005, p. 2). These efforts, therefore, are not meant to address the cause of the problem head on but, instead, are intended to allow the distraught person to live on in the midst of a difficult situation.
A holistic appreciation of avoidance coping requires a brief overview of the broader notion of coping. According to...
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