Coping Behavior in the System of Psychosocial Assessment of Patients Waiting for a Heart Transplant



The paper presents the results of the study focusing on coping strategies and personal resources of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) during the waiting period for heart transplantation (HT). The sample included 105 patients directed to the commission for inclusion in the waiting list of HT (WLHT) in the Almazov National Medical Research Centre. After 6 months of hospitalization, the patients were divided into two groups: those included in WLHT initially who kept their positions (n=55; Group 1), and those who were excluded or not included initially (n=50; Group 2). Methods: The Ways of Coping Questionnaire and Purpose in Life Test. It was found out that the most endorsed coping strategies were confrontation, positive reappraisal and self-control for Group 1, and distancing and escape/avoidance for Group 2. The significant increase in the life purposefulness general score, and subscale scores reflecting goals, time perspective and internal locus of control was observed in Group 1. We conclude that the obtained data can be used in planning psychological work with patients with CHF during the period of waiting for HT.

General Information

Keywords: chronic heart failure (CHF), heart transplantation (HT), coping strategies, personal coping resources

Journal rubric: Empirical Researches

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work was supported by RFBR Grant №18-013-00689 А.

For citation: Shindrikov R.Y., Shchelkova O.Y., Demchenko E.A., Milanich Y.M. Coping Behavior in the System of Psychosocial Assessment of Patients Waiting for a Heart Transplant. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2020. Vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 170–190. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2020280210. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Roman Y. Shindrikov, Assistant, Department of General and Clinical Psychology, Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olga Y. Shchelkova, Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Chair of Clinical Psychology & Psychophysiology, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena A. Demchenko, Doctor of Medicine, Professor, Head of Research Laboratory for Rehabilitation, Professor of Internal Diseases Department, Almazov National Medical Research Centre, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Yulia M. Milanich, PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Medical Psychology and Psychophysiology, Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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