The dynamics of symptomatic and non-symptomatic coping with psychotic symptoms in the flow of daily life
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2007
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 116, Issue 1, pages 71–75, July 2007
How to Cite
Lardinois, M., Myin-Germeys, I., Bak, M., Mengelers, R., Van Os, J. and Delespaul, P. A. E. G. (2007), The dynamics of symptomatic and non-symptomatic coping with psychotic symptoms in the flow of daily life. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 116: 71–75. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2007.01022.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2007
- Accepted for publication February 19, 2007
- Maastricht Assessment of Coping Strategies;
- Experience Sampling Method
Objective: Previous research has suggested that going along with psychotic symptoms (symptomatic coping) is less effective than other coping strategies with psychotic symptoms. This pilot study aims to validate such findings using a momentary assessment strategy of coping with stress in daily life.
Method: Patients with psychosis (n = 35) were studied with the Experience Sampling Method (ESM; a structured diary technique) to assess coping with stress in daily life. This was analysed in relation to coping with psychotic symptoms using a previously validated interview (Maastricht Assessment of Coping Strategies).
Results: Symptomatic and non-symptomatic coping were negatively associated with each other. Symptomatic coping was negatively associated with the level of coping in daily life, whereas a positive association was apparent for non-symptomatic coping. Non-symptomatic coping, but not symptomatic coping, predicted appraisals of distress associated with psychotic symptoms.
Conclusion: Effective coping may be associated with the tendency to develop conscious appraisals of distress associated with psychotic symptoms.