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The Relationship Between Coping Style, Depression and Stages of Change in Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients
Sandra L. Perosa, Linda M. Perosa, and Teresa McDaniel
In the past fifteen years research focused on variables related to trauma, resiliency, adaptation, and stages of change to enhance our understanding of how individuals deal with trauma and crises in their lives has bourgeoned. Models have been proposed that describe how growth occurs after confronting traumatic events (Calhoun & Tedeschi, 2006; Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1995; Tedeschi, Park, & Calhoun, 1998). Professionals focus on enhancing adaptation and development in clients as they move forward and give their life meaning. Concurrent with the extant research, recent legislation has opened the way for counselors to expand their work settings to include medical centers, e.g., the Veterans Administration, in which they deal with military personnel confronting an array of traumatic experiences and medical crises. In response to these forces, the new CACREP Standards call for the inclusion of trauma research findings in the curriculum and for the provision of students with clinical experience in these settings (CACREP, 2009). The research project described in this paper is relevant for counselors in that it provides evidence on how individuals cope with a medical crisis and adapt to the challenges they must confront. Thus it informs counselors how they can best help their clients move forward.