Coping Styles and Psychological Preparation

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Coping Styles and Psychological Preparation Gerry is a 64 year-old male presenting to his cardiologist has recommended Gerry have a cardiac catherization. A cardiac catherization is an invasive imaging procedure allowing the cardiologist to see how well Gerry’s heart is functioning (WebMD, 2009). Although the procedure is generally safe, Gerry’s aniexity level has increased with the thought of telling his wife. When Gerry was informed it was necessary to receive a cardiac cahterization, his method of coping is the cognitive process, blame. Gerry attributes working hard for the last several years to his current heart condition. Gerry also blames his late father-in-laws death, for not communicating his procedure to his wife. Often times health problems are, what outcomes will be, and how illnesses will influence their lives (Sarafino, 2006, p. 272, paragraph 5). Preparing people psychogically for surgery has important implications for their recovery (Sarafino, 2006,
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Unformatted text preview: p 278 paragraph 1). In Gerry’s situation it is imperative both Gerry and his wife are psychologically prepared for Gerry’s procedure. Psychological preparation methods are designed to provide people with one or more types of control (Sarafino, 2006). Gerry’s coping style has been identified as the cognitive process of blaming his condition on working to hard over the years. Successful methods to psychologically prepare Gerry and his wife for his procedure are cognitive control and informational control. Cognitive control will educate both Gerry and his wife on how to focus on the benefits of the cardiac catherization and not its unpleasant aspects (Sarafin, 2006). Informational control will provide Gerry and his wife knowledge regarding the events and/or sensations during or after the medical procedure....
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