Radzenie sobie ze stresem przez nieletnich
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Coping with stress by the juvenile
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The article undertakes the problem of ways of coping with difficult situations by the juvenile. The theoretical part is devoted to explanation of the phenomenon of the stressing situation and ways of coping in difficult situations that may significantly contribute to young people’s conflict with the norms of the penal code. In the empirical part the results of the author’s own studies are presented. The specific character of problem solving by the juvenile is shown by a comparison of adaptation mechanisms in stressing situations in three groups: underage (N=30), well-adjusted youths (N=30) and convicts serving a prison sentence (N=30). Strategies of reacting to stress were studied by means of W. Janke, G. Erdhmannand W. Boucsein’s SVF. A psychological analysis of mechanisms of coping with stress by the juvenile as the factor explaining violation of the penal code norms that is undertaken in the article appears to be an important research task as learning about the process may help understand the disturbances of youth’s social adjustment. Studying this problem may also serve as a basis for undertaking adequate prophylactic and re-socialising actions directed at this group of people.
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