Maladaptive Coping Strategies: Definition & Examples


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Which of the following refers to coping techniques which increase our functioning?

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1. Which of the following terms refers to coping techniques that which relieve symptoms temporarily but don't address the root cause of the stress?

2. Which of the following is an example of a maladaptive coping strategy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many different ways to cope with stress but some of them are not very healthy. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you quiz yourself on maladaptive coping mechanisms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • What is meant by adaptive and maladaptive in terms of coping behaviors
  • Types of adaptive coping strategies
  • Types of maladaptive coping strategies

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Maladaptive Coping Strategies lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding mechanisms of coping with stress
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson such as adaptive vs maladaptive coping methods

Additional Learning

To learn more about coping with stress in adaptive ways, review the accompanying lesson on Maladaptive Coping Strategies: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define coping
  • Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy coping strategies
  • Name maladaptive coping strategies such as avoidance, emotional masking, negative appraisal, response persistence, rumination, safety seeking and surrender, sensitization, etc
  • Describe how types of maladaptive coping methods work and why they are considered unhealthy
  • Recognize adaptive coping strategies such as sleep, exercise, meditation, etc