VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Actively Cope with Stressful Situations: Is Active Coping a Trait or a match Between Traits and Stressful Situations?
College students may experience relation-related and performance-related stressful situations (Shiraishi, 2000). Active coping is a vital factor that leads individuals to successfully cope with stressful situations (Kumpfer, 1999). Although coping has been studied extensively, researchers have not reached a consensus on the nature of coping. This study aimed to explore the nature of active coping. The term active coping in this study refers to coping style that is characterized by solving problems, seeking information, seeking social support, seeking professional help, changing environments, planning activities, and reframing the meanings of problems.