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Proactive coping and persuasion in stress-management mobile applications

Dreibrodt, Kristina (2020) Proactive coping and persuasion in stress-management mobile applications.

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Abstract:This thesis explains the different kinds of stress and different coping strategies, such as proactive coping. To persuade people to use a stress-management intervention, different PSD principles, namely self-monitoring, cooperation and social comparison, are discussed. This research aims to investigate the relationship between proactive stress coping and people’s acceptance of the particular PSD principles. This study uses a cross-sectional online survey including storyboards depicting the relevant persuasive principles. The perceived acceptability scale was used to measure respondents’ acceptance of the three studied PSD principles. Moreover, the questionnaire contains the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and the Proactive Coping Scale (PCS). The correlation analysis indicates a significant relationship between the perceived acceptability of a stress-management application including the self-monitoring principle and people’s engagement in proactive coping strategies. Contrarily, there is no significant correlation between proactive coping and cooperation or between proactive coping and social comparison. This study points out that individuals using proactive stress-coping strategies are likely to accept stress-management mobile applications that include self-monitoring features. Further, it is advised to integrate different persuasive principles in applications for proactive individuals than in such for non-proactive ones. Hence, future research should examine persuasive principles in stress-management among people using non-proactive coping styles.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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