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The strengths used by young adults to cope with their anxiety in their everyday life

Abdelaziz, L. (2020) The strengths used by young adults to cope with their anxiety in their everyday life.

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Abstract:Background: Anxiety is currently one of the most common mental disorders experienced by young adults. The uniqueness of the following study is to explore the strengths and selfmanagement acquired by young adults between the ages of 19-29 and by gaining insight into their well-being. Consequently, it could help young adults cope with their anxiety in a better way. Methods: To gain insight into the two aspects, ten young adults who experience anxiety, recruited by convenience sampling, were interviewed with a semi-structured interview. The interviews aimed to explore young adults’ self-management strategies and strengths while coping with anxiety in their everyday lives. The interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed by using a coding scheme based on an inductive approach. Results: A total of 18 different codes were identified, four belong to their challenges and consequences, four self-management strategies, and ten strengths were coded. . The ten codes for strengths were (1) communicative; (2) self-awareness; (3) being kind to oneself; (4) resilience; (5) acceptance; (6) positive outlook; (7) goal-oriented; (8) creativity; (9) caring; and (10) spirituality. As for the four codes for self-management strategies are: (1) creating a routine; (2) finding a distraction; (3) therapy/ professional help; and finally (4) breathing exercises and physical activity. These strengths were either used autonomously or as an establishment of selfmanagement strategies. Besides, the implications of these strengths were investigated regarding the impact on their wellbeing. Discussion: Young adults use these strategies and strengths to adapt to their life regarding their anxiety and facilitate maintaining their well-being. Overall, this is the first study that examined self-management strategies and strengths among young adults with anxiety. Young adults who experience anxiety declare akin enhancements when implementing their strengths and selfmanagement strategies. Particularly, the use of strengths helps them cope with their experience with their anxiety, and the use of the self-management strategies assists them to moderate their everyday struggles challenges.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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