Belinskaya E.P., Sangova S. The illness as a difficult living situation: characteristics of coping strategies of seriously ill patients’ relatives

Full text in Russian: Белинская Е.П., Сангова С. Болезнь как трудная жизненная ситуация: особенности стратегий совладания родственников тяжелобольных
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Psychological institute, Moscow, Russia
Moscow State Regional University, Moscow, Russia

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The specificity of coping strategies of cancer patients’ relatives with illness as a difficult living situation is considered from the standpoint of the dynamic approach. In comparison with the strategies of coping of situational patients’ relatives is obtained the following empirical evidence: a problem-oriented coping is more pronounced in relatives of cancer patients, and to a greater extent they search a social support and cooperation; the situational patients’ relatives use significantly more likely the strategies of avoidance and distraction; a difficult living situation that is involved with a serious illness of a family’s member changes recept of patient’s relatives about themselves and about their role position that mediates the use of certain coping strategies; to the maximum extent this is true for those respondents who begin to perceive their image close to the image of the doctor, using coping focused on the problem solution.

Keywords: coping, illness, difficult living situation, coping strategies, coping resources


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Humanities, project 14-06-00640.


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Received 22 May 2015. Date of publication: 14 August 2015.

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Belinskaya Elena P. Ph.D., Professor, Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11, str. 9, 125009 Moscow, Russia; Leading Research Associate, Psychological Institute, ul. Mokhovaya, 9, str. 4, 125009 Moscow, Russia; Moscow State Regional University, ul. Radio, 10A, 105005 Moscow, Russia.
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Sangova Sabrina. M.Sci., Tashkent Branch, Lomonosov Moscow State University, pr. A.Timura, 22, 100060 Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
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Belinskaya E.P., Sangova S. The illness as a difficult living situation: characteristics of coping strategies of seriously ill patients’ relatives. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 42, p. 8. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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