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ERIC Number: ED306718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 22
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Loneliness, Coping Strategies, and Cognitive Styles of the Rural Gifted.
Kalyan-Masih, V.; And Others
An exploratory study investigated the relationship between loneliness, coping strategies, and cognitive styles in a sample of 52 gifted students from rural Nebraska (mean age 17.25 years). Assessment measures consisted of the Woodward Loneliness Inventory, the Kalyan-Masih Coping Inventory I, and the Group Embedded Figures Test (GEFT), which assessed cognitive style. Results indicated that this group felt most lonely when rejected, alienated, helpless, and isolated, but less lonely in company or "on special occasions." Coping strategies most frequently used were individual pursuits, social contacts, cognitive reframing, and physical activities. Religion, help from adults, and negative escapes were less frequently cited. Students who scored below the mean on the GEFT had higher mean loneliness scores on five factors, but significant scores on only one (helplessness). The low GEFT group had higher mean coping scores on five factors, but significant only on religion. The high GEFT group was higher on cognitive reframing, but significant only on the use of individual pursuits. Low GEFT/field dependent students relied on external supports for reducing loneliness, but high GEFT/field independent students seemed to rely more on their own internal resources. References and four tables are appended. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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