Coping Styles and Aggregate Coping Styles: Responses of Older Adults to a Continuous Traumatic Situation

Irit Regev, Orit Nuttman-Shwartz

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Abstract

The current study examined the coping styles of older adults in a continuous traumatic situation. We explored subjective descriptions of coping behavior during wartime among three focus groups with 43 participants. The findings suggest that, when older adults face threat situations, they use a variety of coping styles simultaneously. Most of the participants used a combination of two coping styles. The use of multiple styles and the absence of a single dominant one are indicative of the flexibility of self in old age, and point to the potential of older persons as an important resource for the community and society at times of threat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-176
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Continuous traumatic situation
  • coping style
  • older adults
  • trauma
  • war

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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