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Title: Stability and consistency of coping in adolescence: A longitudinal study
Author: Kirchner, Teresa
Forns, Maria, 1946-
Amador, Juan Antonio
Muñoz Cano, Dámaris
Keywords: Mètode longitudinal
Longitudinal method
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad de Oviedo y el Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos del Principado de Asturias
Abstract: This study analyzed stability and consistency of coping among adolescents. The objectives were twofold: a) to analyze temporal stability and cross-situational consistency of coping responses after a 17- month interval, taking into account gender, age and type of stressor. b) To analyze the relative weight of contextual versus dispositional factors in predicting future coping. A cohort of 341 adolescents (51% girls and 49% boys aged between 12 and 16) were assessed twice by means of the Coping Responses Inventory - Youth. The results indicated that the coping responses were quite stable over time at the group level, but with important within-subject differences. Girls showed slightly more stability than boys. Among the girls, Avoidance coping showed as much stability as consistency and Approach coping showed more stability than consistency. Among the boys, Avoidance coping showed more stability than consistency, and Approach coping showed both low stability and low consistency. Among the boys, the coping used at Time 1 barely predicted that used at Time 2; in contrast, among the girls, the type of coping used in the past, especially Avoidance coping, predicted the coping that would be used in the future.
It is part of: Psicothema, 2010, vol. 22, num. 3, p. 382-388
ISSN: 0214-9915
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Psicologia Clínica i Psicobiologia)

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