Coping with Illness

Critically examine theoretical and research literature regarding how people cope with acute and chronic illness. Although a number of theories of coping are explored, the work of Lazarus and his associates will provide the framework for examining the various factors which affect coping. The topics explored in-depth are those which have particular relevance for nurses caring for patients and families coping with an illness, including such topics as social support, uncertainty, self-esteem, control, etc. Research which examines how these factor influence coping form the basis for examining nursing interventions. Explore factors which influence a person’s ability to cope with acute events, such as surgery or threatening procedures, and chronic situations such as a chronic illness. In-class 3 hours/week

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Samantha Mayo