According to Nancy Sclossberg, the following four things determine severity of a transition. (Schlossberg, 1998). Following each variable are questions that individuals can ask themselves or that career professionals can ask clients to help them manage a transition.
Situation Itself - timing, impact and amount of control
On a 1-10 scale, note how â€œbadâ€ it it?
â€¢ What is its timing (worst or best possible time)?
â€¢ How long is there to absorb its impact?
â€¢ Is there anything positive about it?
â€¢ How much control can I exert over it?
â€¢ Is it temporary or long in duration?
2. Self -- coping skills, experience and outlook
â€¢ Do I see the glass as half empty or half full?
â€¢ Do I believe that I can exert control?
â€¢ â€œHave I had past successful experience with change?
â€¢ Do I know how to cope by using humor, relaxation, exercise, meditation etc.?
â€¢ What internal resources do I bring?
3. Supports - people, agencies, financial capability.
â€¢Do I have friends and family who care? Who are willing to help me?
â€¢ Am I willing to ask for help or develop a network of supporters?
â€¢ Are there agencies that can help?
â€¢ Are there sufficient material resources?
4. Strategies â€“ developing a plan to move through and out of a transition
â€¢ What are some ways to see this situation in a different and more positive light?
â€¢ Are there some inner resources that I could further develop?
â€¢ Are there some additional support people or agencies that can help?
â€¢ What are some alternative ways that I can move out of this situation?
â€¢ Which seems to be the best way?
â€¢ What steps do I need to take and when should I take these steps?
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