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ERIC Number: EJ1002973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2933
The Mechanism by Which Interpersonal Coping Flexibility Influences Self-Esteem
Gan, Yiqun; Liu, Jun
Psychological Record, v62 n4 p735-746 Fall 2012
The objectives of the present study were to conceptualize interpersonal coping flexibility and to explore how it influences personal adaptation. Two hundred sixty two university students were classified based on their responses to prompts about their degree of prioritizing harmony and the number of coping strategies they employed when dealing with interpersonal conflicts. Four different types of interpersonal coping flexibility were identified: harmonious flexible, discordant flexible, harmonious inflexible, and discordant inflexible. Subsequently, 72 of the participants were randomly assigned to two groups primed by an interpersonally accepting or an interpersonally ostracizing situation. The type of interpersonal coping flexibility and priming had an interactive effect on implicit self-esteem. In the ostracizing priming condition, participants in the discordant inflexible group displayed lower implicit self-esteem. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A