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Coping and the Challenge of Resilience


  • Highlights the necessity of learning effective coping strategies to maintain wellbeing

  • Examines the best ways to provide the core skills for life to children, adolescents and adults through the contemporary theories of coping

  • Focuses on how to think and act differently in order to cope when the world throws up everyday challenges


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Erica Frydenberg
    Pages 1-12
  3. Erica Frydenberg
    Pages 47-66
  4. Erica Frydenberg
    Pages 67-109
  5. Erica Frydenberg
    Pages 123-133
  6. Erica Frydenberg
    Pages 175-192
  7. Erica Frydenberg
    Pages 193-216
  8. Erica Frydenberg
    Pages 217-220
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 221-255

About this book


This book addresses how best to meet everyday challenges. The author focuses on how to think and act differently about what we do as we face challenges, and how to assess each situation as one of challenge rather than threat or harm because we have the strategies to cope. Spanning eleven chapters, the book examines the best ways to provide the core skills for life, to children, adolescents and adults, and how that is best achieved through the contemporary theories of coping. Coping has traditionally been defined in terms of reaction; that is, how people respond after or during a stressful event. More recently, coping is being defined more broadly to include anticipatory, preventive and proactive coping. This book provides case studies of resilient adults in a range of settings, highlighting how coping resources have helped them to overcome adversity.

Researchers, students of psychology and social work, practitioners and those interested in the self-help field will find this book invaluable.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Erica Frydenberg is an educational, clinical and organisational psychologist who has practiced extensively in the Australian educational setting. She is a Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor in psychology in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, AU, and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She has authored and co-authored over 120 academic journal articles and chapters in the field of coping, ranging from early years through to adolescence and adults. 

Bibliographic information


“Coping and the Challenge of Resilience focuses on coping, coping theory, and practice with complementary constructs when appropriate connections may be made. … Coping and the Challenge of Resilience is a useful and readable compendium of coping research and application by Frydenberg. Potential readers would include clinical and school psychologists as well as students in these areas.” (Sandra Prince-Embury, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (24), June, 2017)