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Social Problem Solving : Theory, Research, and Training - Edward C. Chang

Social Problem Solving

Theory, Research, and Training

By: Edward C. Chang (Editor), Thomas J. D'Zurilla (Editor), Lawrence J. Sanna (Editor)

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Throughout history, philosophers have argued that the capacity to solve problems successfully in the real world is a crucial component for one's well-being. Psychologists have since been looking to understand the nuances of problem solving specifically as it applies to the self-directed cognitive-behavioral process by which an individual, couple, or group attempts to identify or discover effective solutions for problems encountered in everyday living. From this researchers are developing training methods in which people can learn to solve problems effectively and positively thereby leading to generalized and durable behavior changes. In Social Problem Solving: Theory, Research, and Training, readers will find a nice balance of theory and research in social problem solving and well as practical methods and training approaches. Because of the widespread relevance of social problem solving, this book is not only for researchers and mental health practitioners, but also for students and other readers who would like to maximize their effectiveness and success in dealing with real and complex problems in everyday living.

Contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: Social Problem Solving for the Real Worldp. 3
What Is Social Problem Solving?p. 9
Social Problem Solving: Theory and Assessmentp. 11
Mediators and Moderators of Social Problem Solvingp. 29
Social Problem Solving and Adjustmentp. 47
Social Problem Solving, Stress, and Negative Affectp. 49
Social Problem Solving and Suicide Riskp. 67
Social Problem Solving and Schizophreniap. 83
Social Problem Solving and Positive Psychological Functioning: Looking at the Positive Side of Problem Solvingp. 99
Social Problem-Solving Abilities and Behavioral Healthp. 117
Social Problem Solving and Mental Simulation: Heuristics and Biases on the Route to Effective Decision Makingp. 135
Problem-Solving Training and Therapyp. 151
Problem-Solving Training for Children and Adolescentsp. 153
Problem-Solving Therapy for Adultsp. 171
Problem-Solving Training for Couplesp. 193
Problem-Solving Training for Familiesp. 209
Problem-Solving Therapy for Caregiversp. 223
Conclusionp. 239
Social Problem Solving: Current Status and Future Directionsp. 241
Author Indexp. 255
Subject Indexp. 267
About the Editorsp. 275
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ISBN: 9781591471479
ISBN-10: 1591471478
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.82