A New Model of Coping for Mothers of Young Children

Juniper Publishing
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Journal of Gynecology and Women’s Health, 2018, 13 (1), pp. 1 - 2 (2)
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Effective coping requires an individual to utilise strategies which help them solve and overcome the perceived problem. Women often say coping with the new period of motherhood can be a stressful time due to the lifestyle changes, challenges and tiredness created through caring for the new baby. However, while most mothers in the general population identify as feeling well during this period, the bulk of the coping research literature actually deals with minority groups, illness and the unhealthy process of ‘not coping’. In fact, coping has been characterised as tolerating or ‘putting up’ with situations, not something we can necessarily gain health and wellbeing from. In this article, I argue for a new wellness model of coping to represent healthy coping.
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