Stretch Your Coping Muscles! Take the Coping Flexibility Quiz and Find Out How Flexible You Are

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So, how flexible are you when coping with stressful events in your life? Take the quiz and find out how you stack up with others.  

*The items used for this quiz were drawn from the Perceived Ability to Cope with Trauma Scale developed by Dr. George Bonanno and his colleagues (2011). Permission to use the items for this quiz was granted by Dr. George Bonanno.


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After a stressful life event, like losing your job or getting a divorce, you may wonder: How do I know if I am doing this right?

Psychologists have sometimes thought of coping in terms of healthy and unhealthy ways of managing stress, with healthy ones including strategies like active problem-solving or seeking advice from a trusted friend. Unhealthy coping mechanisms might then include strategies like avoiding thinking about it or simply venting emotions.

More contemporary understandings of coping, however, acknowledge that even seemingly “unhealthy” coping mechanisms may have value, as long as they are used as part of a broader arsenal of coping strategies.

What seems to be most important is how flexible you are in your ability to draw upon multiple coping mechanisms as the circumstances dictate.

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Bonanno, G. A., Pat-Horenczyk, R., & Noll, J. (2011). Coping flexibility and trauma: The Perceived Ability to Cope With Trauma (PACT) scale. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 117-129.

Cheng, C., Lau, H.-P. B., & Chan, M.-P. S. (2014). Coping flexibility and psychological adjustment to stressful life changes: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1582-1607.



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