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Model tworzenia znaczeń Crystal Park i Susan Folkman
Meaning Making Model by Crystal Park and Susan Folkman

Author(s): Marek A. Motyka, Maciej Załuski
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: illness; meaning; coping; stress

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this study is to present the Meaning Making Model developed by Crystal Park and Susan Folkman, which complements Richard Lasarus’ and Susan Folkman’s transactional theory of stress. This article familiarises the reader with basic premises of the model. The initial assumption concerns the relation between the understanding of the current difficult situation, which the individual needs to confront, and that person’s general understanding of his or her own life. In the opinion of the authors, the dissonance between the understanding of a specific situation and the understanding of life as a whole is a source of substantial stress. On the other hand, cognitive operations enabling adjustment of these two images reduce that stress. Consequently, the discussed model identifies a particular method of stress management, namely meaning-focused coping, or MFC. The article outlines the elements of this model, as well as conclusions drawn from its premises.

  • Issue Year: VII/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 103-114
  • Page Count: 12