Designing a Psychosocial Intervention to Teach Coping Flexibility


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Abstract

Describes a theory-driven psychosocial intervention that was designed toteach coping flexibility to people with chronic illness. This eight-week coping skills group addresses dealing with feelings and images about the illness, teaching new methods of setting goals, developing strategies to compensate for cognitive deficits, and improving communication with caregivers. The methodological process and human factors of import to the delivery of this intervention are discussed, emphasizing the nonspecific therapeutic factors that may interact with intervention content to affect participants' quality of life.

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