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Belinskaya E.P. Coping with challenges in the era of new information technologies: opportunities and limitations

Full text in Russian: Белинская Е.П. Совладание с трудностями в эпоху новых информационных технологий: возможности и ограничения
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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The effect of the information world realities on the processes of coping with difficult life situations is considered in the article. There are two possible directions of research: the first direction is associated with the study of changes in the system of coping resources and relevant transformation processes of categorization of difficult situations, and second one is based on the analysis of the processes of coping with the possible risks the information environment. Ambiguity, inconsistency and insufficiency of available empirical data are noted. It is emphasized that original dichotomy of understanding the role of internet communication in human development (its interpretation as compensatory vs complementary) sets certain limitations in understanding the realities of coping in the information age.

Keywords: new information technologies, informational socialization, internet communication in social networks, coping with difficult life situations, social and personal coping resources, coping strategies, identity, cyberbulling


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Humanities, project 14-06-00730 “Transformation of higher mental functions in the context of the development of information society (cultural-historical approach)”.


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Received 26 August 2014. Date of publication: 31 December 2014.

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Belinskaya Elena P. Ph.D., Professor, Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Mokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia; Leading Research Associate, Psychological Institute, ul. Mokhovaya, 9–4, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Belinskaya E.P. Coping with challenges in the era of new information technologies: opportunities and limitations. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 38, p. 2. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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