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coping mechanismPsychiatry Any conscious or unconscious mechanism of adjusting to environmental stress without altering personal goals or purposes
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Adapting to and managing change, stress, or opportunity (e.g., acute or chronic illness, disability, pain, death, relocation, work, changes in family structure, new relationships, or new ideas).
coping mechanismCoping skill.
Any characteristic or behavioral pattern that enhances a person's adaptation. Coping skills include a stable value or religious belief system, problem solving, social skills, health-energy, and commitment to a social network.Synonym: coping mechanism
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