ERIC Number: EJ852779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
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Active and Avoidant Coping and Coping Efficacy as Mediators of the Relation of Maternal Involvement to Depressive Symptoms among Urban Adolescents
Mosher, Catherine E.; Prelow, Hazel M.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v16 n6 p876-887 Dec 2007
Our study tested an extension of the social resource model in an urban sample of 129 African American and 114 European American adolescents. Maternal involvement was positively related to the use of active and avoidant coping strategies among youth of both ethnicities. Additionally, use of active coping strategies was related to greater coping efficacy, which, in turn, was associated with less depressive symptomatology. For African Americans, avoidant coping was related to greater coping efficacy, which, in turn, was associated with less depressive symptoms. For European Americans, avoidant coping was not significantly related to coping efficacy. Our findings underscore the importance of examining developmental models across ethnic/racial groups and suggest that adolescent mental health programs may benefit from culturally sensitive attention to coping beliefs and practices.
Descriptors: African Americans, Race, Mental Health Programs, Adolescents, Coping, Depression (Psychology), Mothers, Urban Areas, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Cultural Awareness, Racial Differences, Beliefs
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