This volume presents the reader with a stimulating rich tapestry of essays exploring the nature of action and intentionality, and discussing their role in human development. As the contributions make clear, action is an integrative concept that forms the bridge between our psychological, biological, and sociocultural worlds. Action is also integrative in the sense of entailing motivational, emotional, and cognitive systems, and this integration too is well represented in the chapters. Action is defined, and distinguished from behavior, according to its intentional quality. Thus, a constantly recurring theme in the volume involves the dialectic of action-intentionality, and specifically the questions of how and when these concepts are to be distinguished.

Action Regulation, Coping, and Development

Action Regulation, Coping, and Development

Action regulation, coping, and development
Ellen A.Skinner

An intriguing theme is emerging in the field of coping. At its core is the idea that notions of “regulation” may be useful to conceptualizations of coping. The connection between coping and regulation has crystallized most clearly in work on emotion regulation in children (Dodge, 1989; Fox, 1994; Saarni, Mumme, & Campos, 1998). Some coping researchers suggest that emotion regulation may be a form of coping. For example, Rossman (1992) states, “In the case of emotion-focused coping, emotion regulation and coping become virtually synonymous” (p. 1375). At the same time, researchers studying emotion regulation sometimes offer definitions of their phenomena that lie well within the territory usually encompassed by coping. For example, Dodge (1989) posits ...

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