Social Problem Solving: Theory, Research, and Training

Pages: 276
Item #: 4317049
ISBN: 978-1-59147-147-9
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Copyright: 2004
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Throughout history, philosophers have argued that the capacity to solve problems successfully in the real world is a crucial component for one's well-being. Psychologists have since been looking to understand the nuances of problem solving specifically as it applies to the self-directed cognitive–behavioral process by which an individual, couple, or group attempts to identify or discover effective solutions for problems encountered in everyday living. From this, researchers are developing training methods in which people can learn to solve problems effectively and positively, thereby leading to generalized and durable behavior changes.

In Social Problem Solving: Theory, Research, and Training, readers will find a nice balance of theory and research in social problem solving as well as practical methods and training approaches. Because of the widespread relevance of social problem solving, this book is not only for researchers and mental health practitioners, but also for students and other readers who would like to maximize their effectiveness and success in dealing with real and complex problems in everyday living.

Table of Contents


—Marvin R. Goldfried


Introduction: Social Problem Solving for the Real World
—Edward C. Chang, Thomas J. D'Zurilla, and Lawrence J. Sanna

I. What Is Social Problem Solving?

  1. Social Problem Solving: Theory and Assessment
    —Thomas J. D'Zurilla, Arthur M. Nezu, and Albert Maydeu-Olivares
  2. Mediators and Moderators of Social Problem Solving
    —Alexander R. Rich and Ronald L. Bonner

II. Social Problem Solving and Adjustment

  1. Social Problem Solving, Stress, and Negative Affect
    —Arthur M. Nezu, Victoria M. Wilkins, and Christine Maguth Nezu
  2. Social Problem Solving and Suicide Risk
    —George A. Clum and Greg A. R. Febbraro
  3. Social Problem Solving and Schizophrenia
    —Sarah E. Morris, Alan S. Bellack, and Wendy N. Tenhula
  4. Social Problem Solving and Positive Psychological Functioning: Looking at the Positive Side of Problem Solving
    —Edward C. Chang, Christina A. Downey, and Jenni L. Salata
  5. Social Problem-Solving Abilities and Behavioral Health
    —Timothy R. Elliott, Joan S. Grant, and Doreen M. Miller
  6. Social Problem Solving and Mental Simulation: Heuristics and Biases on the Route to Effective Decision Making
    —Lawrence J. Sanna, Eulena M. Small, and Lynnette M. Cook

III. Problem Solving Training and Therapy

  1. Problem-Solving Training for Children and Adolescents
    —Marianne Frauenknecht and David R. Black
  2. Problem-Solving Therapy for Adults
    —Arthur M. Nezu, Thomas J. D'Zurilla, Marni L. Zwick, and Christine Maguth Nezu
  3. Problem-Solving Training for Couples
    —James V. Cordova and Shilagh A. Mirgain
  4. Problem-Solving Training for Families
    —Sam Vuchinich
  5. Problem-Solving Therapy for Caregivers
    —Christine Maguth Nezu, Andrew D. Palmatiere, and Arthur M. Nezu

IV. Conclusion

  1. Social Problem Solving: Current Status and Future Directions
    —Thomas J. D'Zurilla, Edward C. Chang, and Lawrence J. Sanna

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Edward C. Chang is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and a Faculty Associate in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan. He received his B.A. in psychology and philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed his APA-accredited clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital Center-New York University Medical Center.

He is on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology®, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and the Asian Journal of Social Psychology. He has published numerous articles and chapters on optimism and pessimism, perfectionism, social problem solving, and cultural influences on behavior.

Dr. Chang is the editor of Optimism and Pessimism: Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice (2001, American Psychological Association) and Self-Criticism and Self-Enhancement: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications (forthcoming, American Psychological Association), and is a co-editor of Virtue, Vice, and Personality: The Complexity of Behavior (2003, American Psychological Association).

Thomas J. D'Zurilla is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University. He received his B.A. in psychology from Lafayette College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Several decades ago, Dr. D'Zurilla spearheaded a new area of study on the role of social problem solving in adjustment and the efficacy of problem-solving training/therapy as a treatment and prevention method.

His seminal article with Marvin R. Goldfried, "Problem Solving and Behavior Modification" (1971, Journal of Abnormal Psychology®) was recognized as a Citation Classic in Current Contents (No. 50, December, 1984). Since the publication of this classical article, Dr. D'Zurilla has published numerous theoretical and research articles on these topics. He is also co-author with Arthur M. Nezu of the second edition of Problem-Solving Therapy: A social competence approach to clinical intervention (1999, Springer Publishing Co.), and is co-author with Arthur M. Nezu and Albert Maydeu-Olivares of the Social Problem-Solving Inventory (SPSI-R): Technical manual (2002, Multi-Health Systems, Inc.). His writing have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and French.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association, The Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy).

Lawrence J. Sanna is an Associate Professor in the Social Psychology Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Sanna has previously held positions at Bucknell University and Washington State University, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan. He has taught a variety of courses related to social and personality psychology, and he has published numerous articles in the areas of social cognition, personality processes, social judgment, and group influences.

Dr. Sanna is coauthor of Group Performance and Interaction (1999, Westview Press), and co-editor of Virtue, Vice, and Personality: The Complexity of Behavior (2003, American Psychological Association). He also currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Personality and Social Psychology® Bulletin, European Journal of Social Psychology, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology.