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Psicologia Clínica

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MUSSUMECI, Aline Amaral  and  PONCIANO, Edna Lúcia Tinoco. Dyadic coping and coping: a qualitative analysis of coping strategies couplesDiádica coping y coping: un análisis cualitativo de coping parejas estrategias. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2018, vol.30, n.1, pp. 165-190. ISSN 0103-5665.

Coping is a complex process that shows the way an individual deal with stress and conflict. The efficacy of coping strategies depends on the individual's resources and his/ her cognitive evaluation, but it also depends on the interpersonal relationship, such as in a couple relationship. The aim of this study is to analyze the concept of coping and dyadic coping, based on excerpts of interviews of a qualitative research with heterosexual intact families of middle class in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with pre-determined questions, following a guide. All the interviews were recorded. Content Analysis was used with the aim of understanding the coping in these couples. It was observed that couples dyadically establish different ways of coping and that stress, when shared, has its effects reduced by partnership and the presence of the spouse. It was concluded that couples choose certain patterns of coping and use them together, which points out to the need of analyzing the way how couples establish dyadic coping strategies, as these strategies are the couple's dynamic foundation for facing stress and daily conflicts.

Keywords : coping; dyadic coping; conjugality; coping; coping diádico.

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