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The Utility of Problem-solving Training that Emphasises Selfmanagement Principles

Heppner, P. Paul ; Baumgardner, Ann H ; Larson, Lisa M ; Petty, Richard E

Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 01 April 1988, Vol.1(2-3), pp.129-143 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Utility of Problem-solving Training that Emphasises Selfmanagement Principles
  • Author/Creator: Heppner, P. Paul ; Baumgardner, Ann H ; Larson, Lisa M ; Petty, Richard E
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Psychology
  • Is Part Of: Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 01 April 1988, Vol.1(2-3), pp.129-143
  • Description: This study examined the usefulness of an 8-week applied problem-solving training program. Specifically, the study examined (a) whether problem-solving training that emphasised self-management principles would be useful, (b) if the effects of training would persist over time, (c) whether an individual difference variable (problem-solving appraisal) would affect training outcomes, and (d) whether the cognitive responses of the subjects during the course of training were related to their problem-solving appraisal or the change process. Results indicated that problem solving training was effective at enhancing students' problem-solving appraisal, and that the self-report changes were maintained at a 1 year follow-up. In particular, training seemed most useful for students who initially appraised their problem solving very negatively. Finally, the results suggested that the process-oriented cognitive responses were related to students' initial problem-solving self-appraisal as well as the impact of training. Implications of the results are discussed in terms of counselling interventions, problem solving training, the interpersonal influence process, and future research.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0951-5070 ; E-ISSN: 1469-3674 ; DOI: 10.1080/09515078808254196