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Collaborative Problem Solving, Crises, and Well-Being


Schindler,  Ines
Department of Language and Literature, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society;

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Schindler, I., & Berg, C. A. (2021). Collaborative Problem Solving, Crises, and Well-Being. In F. Maggino (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (2nd ed.). Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69909-7_3908-2.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-808D-7
Collaborative problem solving or collaborative coping refers to two (or more) people working together as a unit to solve a problem or cope with a stressor. It is a direct and active form of dyadic coping, as both dyad members invest resources to gather and evaluate information, jointly discuss options, and work together in implementing strategies and solutions. The joint and equal nature of collaboration can be contrasted to forms where dyad members are overly engaged so that one person dominates the interaction. Collaboration can offer various benefits to individual and dyadic well-being, especially among people facing crises. However, such benefits depend on contextual and personal factors that affect the quality of the relationship among dyad members and how stressors are appraised.