Consider what you’ve been learning about in this course: If someone is well-skilled and practices positive psychology and problem-focused, emotion-focused, and appraisal-focused coping, in what ways might these skills help him or her deal with having a psychological disorder? How might it even prevent him or her from suffering from a psychological disorder? On the other hand, how might having poor coping skills and/or failing to practice them be associated with or contribute to having or even worsening a psychological disorder? What differences might there be between children and adults on these issues?
There is not a right or wrong answer to these questions so be certain to make reference to concepts you learned in this module, such as the medical model, the biological perspective, the Diathesis-Stress Model, as well as opposing views such as those of Szasz and Glasser to support your view.