College Student Stress: Investigating Personality and Coping Strategy

Rikee M. Munsell

Abstract


The purpose of the study was to investigate stressors and coping strategies of Angelo State University students according to their personalities. The information gathered in this study is important as it could be used to create programs at ASU to help students cope with their stress. I predicted that participants high in Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, and Extraversion would be more likely to use problem-focused coping strategies, whereas participants high in Neuroticism would be more likely to use emotion-focused coping strategies. Participants were asked to complete four separate questionnaires to complete the study. Results for the study were mixed. Consistent with my hypothesis, those high in Extraversion and Conscientiousness were more likely to use problem-focused coping strategies. However, inconsistent with my hypothesis, those high in Agreeableness were more likely to use emotion-focused coping strategies, and those high in Openness and Neuroticism were not significantly correlated with either of the coping strategies.


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