Acceptance as a coping reaction: Adaptive or not?

Nakamura, Yuka Maya; Orth, Ulrich (2005). Acceptance as a coping reaction: Adaptive or not? Swiss journal of psychology, 64(4), pp. 281-292. Huber 10.1024/1421-0185.64.4.281

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Acceptance as a coping reaction to unchangeable negative events has been discussed controversially. While some studies suggest it is adaptive, others report negative effects on mental health. We propose a distinction between two forms of acceptance reactions: active acceptance, which is associated with positive psychological outcomes, and resigning acceptance, which is associated with negative psychological outcomes. In this study, 534 individuals were surveyed with respect to several hypothetical situations. We tested the proposed acceptance model by confirmatory factor analysis, and examined the convergent and discriminant validity using personality and coping measures (Trier Personality Questionnaire, Bernese Bitterness Questionnaire, COPE). The results support the distinction between the two forms of acceptance reactions, and, in particular, that active acceptance is an adaptive reaction to unchangeable situations.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1421-0185

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Orth

Date Deposited:

01 Dec 2015 14:46

Last Modified:

01 Dec 2015 14:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/1421-0185.64.4.281

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Acceptance, coping behavior, mental health, negative events

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.73256

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73256

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