Coping among Students: Development and Validation of an Exploratory Measure

Emilie Boujut, Marilou Bruchon-Schweitzer, Stephan Dombrowski
2012 Psychology  
Students are a very specific population as regards their manner to cope with stress. A coping questionnaire for students was developed and administered to 1100 French students at the beginning of the term (T1). Principal Component Analysis of responses, followed by varimax rotations, yielded three factors accounting for 50.5% of the total variance. Factors were identified as seeking social support, avoidance/emotion-focused coping and festive-addictive coping. Associations were observed between
more » ... scores on these factors and a general coping scale (WCC-R), personal variables measured at the same time (T1), neuroticism, self-esteem, substance use, and four stress factors, as well as variables measured at the end of the term (T2), somatic symptoms, depressive symptoms, eating disorders, and life satisfaction. It would be very interesting to develop the students' personal competencies, so that they learn how to adopt functional strategies of coping rather than the harmful kind.
doi:10.4236/psych.2012.38084 fatcat:brm5dhjzmve3jpm47a6duyz2yu