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CNAA / Theses / 2007 / June /

Psychological determinants of choosing the behaviour strategies in difficult life situations

Author: Kobylyanskaya Larisa
Degree:doctor of psychology
Speciality: 19.00.07 - Pedagogical Psychology, Psychology of Development, Psychology of Personality
Scientific adviser: Ion Negura
doctor, associate professor (docent), Chisinau Pedagogical State University "Ion Creanga"
Scientific council:


The thesis was presented on the 22 June, 2007
Approved by NCAA on the 20 September, 2007


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CZU 159.9 (043.3

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difficult life situations, coping, coping strategies, problem centered coping strategies, emotion centered coping strategies, dominant motivation, life meaning, personality orientation, self-actualization, self-actualizing personalities (people), constructive coping strategies, non-constructive coping strategies


The theoretical-experimental study presented in this doctoral thesis offers solutions (answers) to two psychological problems of maximum significance and actuality: What personality factors determine the choice of behavior strategies in difficult life situations? How can the process of choosing coping strategies in existential crises be optimized?

As a result of two psychological experiments accomplished on two samples of subjects of adult age (220 people) there were revealed the Psychological determinants of choosing the behaviour strategies in difficult life situations as follows: 1) the type of dominant behaviour motivation in difficult life situations, 2) the motivational level, 3) the quality of the meaning production process related to the acts of behaviour presumed by life difficulties.

The solution to the problem of improving the coping in difficult life situations is given by a psychological intervention programme elaborated by the author and tested in a formative experiment.

The aim of the programme is to change the process of conferring meanings to the coping behaviour in difficult life situations and, as a result, of the process of choosing and adopting efficient behaviours in these situations.