00077 Ineffective community coping

00077 Ineffective community coping

Definition of the NANDA label

Pattern of community activities (for adaptation and problem solving) that is inadequate to meet the demands or needs of the community.

A pattern of community activities for adaptation and problem-solving that is unsatisfactory for meeting the demands or needs of the community.

Defining characteristics

• Expression of helplessness of the community.
• Lack of community participation.
• Excessive conflicts in the community.
• Expression of vulnerability.
• High rates of illness.
• Perception of excessive stressors.
• The community does not meet its own expectations.
• Increase in social problems:
– Homicides.
– Vandalism.
– Theft.
– Fires.
– Terrorism.
– Extremism.
– Infanticides, mistreatment.
– Divorce.
– Unemployment.
– Poverty.
– Mental illness.

Related factors

• Natural or man-made disasters.
• Ineffective or non-existent community systems:
– Lack of emergency medical services.
– Lack of transportation systems.
– Lack of disaster planning systems.
• Lack of resources and social support services in the community.
• Inadequate resources for troubleshooting.

At risk population

• Exposure to disaster
• History of disaster


• Social health: health-seeking behavior.
• Health-promoting behavior.
• Normalization of the community.
• Participation: decisions about health care.
• Effective coping.


• Support in decision making.
• Education for health.
• Increase coping.
• Health guides.
• Promote community involvement.
• Emotional Support.
• Support in decision making.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.