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Problem-focused coping is a topic of interest for those who study stress, coping, quality of life, life management, person-environment relationships, and related topics. Developmental psychologists may be interested in how children learn to solve problems in daily living, psychologists focused on abnormal psychology may be interested in the development and impact of maladaptive coping skills, and clinical and/or clinical health psychologists may be interested in helping persons learn adaptive, problem-focused coping to improve their lives. To better understand this concept, the following topics are addressed in this entry: problems, coping, stress, and problem-solving coping or skills.

A problem is essentially any real or perceived thought, feeling, behavior, or situation that is different from what individuals want it to be. Problems can be intrapersonal, interpersonal, or environmental ...

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