2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

An Analysis of Coping, Perceived Stress, and Anger in a College Student Sample
James R. Harrington* and Alicia N. Lee
Dr. Teresa Heckert, Faculty Mentor

The study tested the associations between coping, stress, and personality in a sample of undergraduates from a small, Midwest university. Participants (N=140) attended one 45-minute research session in which they completed several self-report measures. It was hypothesized that students with maladaptive coping behaviors (avoidance, self-blame, wishful thinking) and higher levels of anger would predict greater perceived stress. In support of the hypothesis, maladaptive coping behaviors, anger, stress were positively correlated. This research may support developing and testing prevention programs to help individuals with high levels of anger to learn more adaptive coping strategies to decrease their levels of stress.

Keywords: Coping, Stress, Anger, Belligerence

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 12-4
Location: VH 1232
Time: 9:15

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