STRESS COPING SKILLS IN ADDICTS

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A EBRAHIMI ; SG MOOSAVI ; R SAMOOEIE ; A ,HASAN ZADEH (2002)
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications
  • Journal: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences (issn: 1735-1995, eissn: 1735-7136)
  • Subject: R | Medicine | Stress Coping Strategies, Addiction
    mesheuropmc: education | mental disorders

Introduction. Stress coping skills is one of the most important factors in prediction of addictive behavior. The purpose of this study was to determine this pattern and to compare them with those of non-addicts.
 Methods. One hundred subjects with substance dependency and 100 non-addict subjects were selected. Both groups were matched on the basis of their socioeconomic state. Stress coping skills of study participants were examined using CS-R scale.
 Results. Stress coping skills in addicts were different from those of non-addicts in most of the coping procedures. Nonaddicts reported that they used problem-focused coping and some of the emotional-focused coping strategies. In contrast, addicts shown that they used unuseful and noneffective stress coping strategies.
 Discussion. These data indicate that using ineffective stress coping skills is one of-the predisposing and precipitating factors in addictive behavior. It seems that stress coping skills training is necessary in prevention of addiction.
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