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Problem solving skills

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When there is a problem I will try to gather information about it.

I always try to understand the root causes of the problem.

I try to come up with different solutions to problems.

I ask for feedback before choosing the solution to a problem.

I weigh the pros and cons of different solutions to a problem.

I evaluate both the short and long term effects of solutions to a problem.

After the solution is applied I follow up and make necessary adjustments.

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      The process of working through details of a problem to reach a solution.
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      Problem-solving skills help individuals in dealing with stressful situations[2]. People with good problem-solving abilities seem to be better protected against stress. A study found that effective problem-solving abilities were associated with lower distress among mothers of children with disabilities[9]. Problem-solving skills can be used to prevent and recover from postpartum depression[1]. A study on individuals who had incurred a spinal cord injury found that the injured were more likely to report greater depression and psychosocial disability if they had more negative appraisals of their problem-solving abilities[5]. Problem-solving skills can increase coping skills[3]. Good problem solving skills are associated with behaviors that promote good health. Better problem-solving skills are also associated with accident prevention behaviors[4]. Problem-solving abilities also seem to be associated with improved pain management. A low sense of control when solving problems was found to be predictive of premenstrual and menstrual pain complaints of undergraduate women[6]. In times of stress, individuals with ineffective problem-solving abilities often rely on emotion-focused and avoidant coping[7]. Avoidance coping is a maladaptive coping mechanism that prevents individuals from tackling the underlying causes of the problem. Ineffective problem solvers tend to have more relationship problems than effective problem solvers[8].

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