Coping strategies among the elderly in the Czech Republic

Stanislav Ondrášek, Alena Hricová
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Institute of Social and Special-paedagogical Sciences, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Korespondenční autor: Alena Hricová (

ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:13. 2. 2023
Accepted: 28. 3. 2023
Published online: 30. 6. 2023


The goal of the article is to analyze coping strategies, as well as strategies that focus on preparing for better management of the retirement period in the elderly population of the Czech Republic. Research was performed using a quantitative research strategy, a method of questioning using a questionnaire developed by the authors. The sample consisted of nationally representative seniors aged 65+, living in their own households – N = 1174, across the Czech Republic. The sample was chosen using quota management, where one of the quotas included 14 autonomic entities within the Czech Republic. The results showed that the elderly used negative cognitive and behavioral coping strategies to a low degree. This is a positive result, considering the possible health consequences of these options. In stressful situations, the elderly usually rely on their social support and social network, but this support decreases with increasing age. In the Czech Republic, there is an absence of studies that deal with stress and stress management in the increasing elderly population.

Keywords: Coping; Elderly; Retirement; Strategies; Stress


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