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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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Coping with stress in adolescents with self-harm and suicidal behavior 922

Fedunina N.Y., PhD in Psychology, research fellow of the Centre for emergency psychological assistance, Moscow State University of Psychology, Russia,
Bannikov G.S., PhD in Medicine, senior researcher, Center for Urgent Psychological Help, head of laboratory Scientific-methodical support of urgent psychological help, Moscow State Research Institute of Psychiatry, Ministry of Public Health and Social Development, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia,
Pavlova T.S., research associate, research laboratory «Scientific and Methodological Basis of Emergent Psychological Aid», Center for Emergent Psychological Aid, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia,
Vikhristyuk O.V., PhD in Psychology, director of the Urgent Psychological Aid Center, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia,
Bazhenova M.D., Center for Emergency Psychological Aid, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education,
The paper presents the results of the study of coping specifics in adolescents at risk of self-injurious and suicidal behavior (N=174). We hypothesized that profiles of coping depended on the types of actual stress. We took into consideration the following types of stressful circumstances: parental divorce, death of relatives or loved ones, conflict with parents, serious somatic disease, academic failure and school problems, unrequited love, other, no actual stress. We discovered both common and stress-specific coping strategies. One of the common coping strategies is avoidance that is used more often in all stressful situations. Moreover, the sample was distinguished by increasing low-level strategies, rather than decreasing high-level strategies (such as planning or reappraisal). Applications to prevention measures are discussed.

Keywords: coping, self-harm, stress, adolescents

Column: Empirical researches


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