Abstract and Keywords
How older adults cope with stress and handle everyday problems has been an important focus in adult developmental research. The extent to which individuals manage hassles in their lives predicts important outcomes that have implications for their independence and ability to age successfully. Traditionally, coping research has emerged from a clinical background, whereas everyday problem-solving research has emerged from a cognitive background. The aim of this chapter is to review research in coping and everyday problem solving with an eye toward integrating them. We review the history of coping and everyday problem-solving research, focusing on the importance of individuals’ goals and the strategies individuals use to reach those goals. We discuss possible mechanisms underlying age differences in these strategies. We also address the challenge of determining what constitutes effective coping and everyday problem solving. The field would benefit from considering interdisciplinary perspectives as we consider ideas for future research.
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