- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Beyond Pathology Positive Psychology and Disability
- Understanding Disability A Strengths-Based Approach
- Positive Psychology and Disability A Historical Analysis
- The Impact of the Quality of Life Concept on the Field of Intellectual Disability
- Optimism Within the Context of Disability
- Social Well-Being and Friendship of People with Intellectual Disability
- Exercise, Leisure, and Well-Being for People with Disabilities
- Coping and Disability
- Adaptive Behavior
- Self-Determined Learning
- Understanding Hope in Individuals with Disabilities
- Family Perspectives on Child Intellectual Disability Views from the Sunny Side of the Street
- Resilience and Disability Concepts, Examples, Cautions, and Prospects
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Spirituality
- Career Development and Career Thoughts
- Self-Regulation and Disability
- Disability Studies/Disability Culture
- Positive Behavior Support Foundations, Systems, and Quality of Life
- Supports and Support Needs
- Supported Employment
- Family Quality of Life
- Aging with Disability
- A Positive Psychology of Physical Disability Principles and Progress
- Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities
- Severe Multiple Disabilities
- Positive Psychology and Children with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties
- Positive Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Limitations to Positive Psychology Predicted by Subjective Well-Being Homeostasis
Abstract and Keywords
Understanding coping—the behavioral and cognitive efforts one uses to manage the demands of stressful situations—in the face of chronic and acute disability, a potentially burdensome and stressful situation, is a nuanced issue. The complimentary emerging field of positive psychology emphasizes positive emotions and traits as they relate to an individual’s capacity for resilience and happiness. The aim of this chapter is to examine processes of coping from a positive psychology perspective, with special attention paid to how certain coping styles (e.g., problem- vs. emotion-focused), positive emotion-based coping strategies (e.g., benefit-finding and optimism), and related factors (e.g., self-esteem, individual differences, and social support networks) may facilitate or impair the lives of people living with disabilities (e.g., arthritis, paraplegia). The authors discuss these constructs in the context of empirical evidence and propose directions for future research.
Lillian R. Reuman is a graduate student of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Chelsea Mitamura is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michele M. Tugade, Department of Psychology, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
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