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Character strengths and coping styles in regard to perceived stress in a University student sample

Schaper, Joshua (2020) Character strengths and coping styles in regard to perceived stress in a University student sample.

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Abstract:University is a period where adolescents experience physical, mental and emotional growth. The question arises why some students seem to struggle with challenges of campus life while others seem to flourish. This study approached this question from the perspective of positive psychology, analyzing the relation between character strengths, coping strategies and stress. Additionally it was checked if coping strategies work as a mediator in this interplay. In total 57 participants filled in an online questionnaire provided via the platform QUALTRICS. The questionnaire consisted of demographic questions, the USSS to assess experienced stress, the brief COPE to analyse coping strategies and the VIA-IS to assess character strengths and virtues. The results showed that stress correlates significantly weak with the virtue temperance and moderately with maladaptive coping strategies. Adaptive coping strategies showed significant moderate correlations with the virtue of humanity , transcendence and the mean level of virtues in general Additionally, no mediating effect of coping strategies on the virtue stress relationship could be shown. The regression analysis showed no statistical significant impact of virtues and stress. However, it could be observed that temperance has a significant relation with stress if adding maladaptive coping strategies as a second independent variable.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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