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ERIC Number: EJ1024095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Empathy and Coping Strategies as Predictors of Well-Being in Spanish University Students
Carnicer, Josep Gustems; Calderón, Caterina
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v12 n1 p129-146 Apr 2014
Introduction: Empathy and coping strategies have been shown to be closely associated with the perceived psychological well-being of students. The aim of the present study was to analyze the relationship between empathy and coping strategies and psychological distress among students in teacher education. Method: A cross-sectional study. Ninety teacher education students completed questionnaires (Brief Symptom Inventory, Coping Responses Inventory-Adult and Empathy Affective and Cognitive Test) as part of general health screening. Results: Students with high risk of exhibiting psychological distress obtained significantly higher scores in empathy stress and avoidance coping strategies. Psychological distress showed a significant positive correlation with emotional discharge, cognitive avoidance, seeking alternative rewards and acceptance/resignation, and negative correlation with problem solving. Emotional discharge and problem solving explain 29.4% of the variance of psychological distress in teacher education students. Conclusion: Recognizing one's emotions and understand the emotional states and intentions of others is beneficial to the student. The development of own resources and coping strategies will enable students adapt to stressful situations that can be found educational context.
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain (Barcelona)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Brief Symptom Inventory
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