ERIC Number: ED424543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug-14
PrE (Person-Relative-to-Event) Theory of Coping with Threat.
Mulilis, John-Paul; Duval, T. Shelley
The generalizability of Person-Relative-to-Event (PrE) theory, originally applied to disaster-related situations, is investigated in a non-disaster simulation. The PrE theory of coping with threat emphasizes the relationship between level of appraised threat relative to person resources and personal responsibility. This theory has previously been used to investigate the impact of negative threat appeals on preparedness behavior regarding both earthquakes and tornadoes. PrE theory predicts differences in coping behavior based on level of threat under various conditions of personal responsibility. The present investigation was conducted to verify predictions made by PrE theory when applied to a non-disaster topic (academic assessment). College students (N=65) responded to a questionnaire regarding a verbal assessment examination. Procedures, analysis by MANOVA, and results are described. Support for the theory in both intentions as well as actual preparedness behavior is indicated by results. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention (106th, San Francisco, CA, August 14-18, 1998).