ERIC Number: EJ896747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Stress, Coping Styles, and Optimism: Are They Related to Meaning of Education in Students' Lives?
Krypel, Michelle N.; Henderson-King, Donna
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v13 n3 p409-424 Sep 2010
We explored the meanings that undergraduate students make of their education and how these meanings relate to students' perceived stress, styles of coping with stress, and optimism. Participants completed a meaning of education questionnaire, the Perceived Stress Scale, the COPE (a measure of coping styles), and the Life Orientation Test-Revised. As expected, optimists were less likely, and students who used disengagement coping styles were more likely, to see education as a source of stress or as an escape. Emotion-focused coping positively predicted several meanings of education, including seeing the university experience as providing opportunities for social connections, for learning and for self-development. These and other findings are discussed in terms of student success in college.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Coping, Stress Variables, Personality Traits, Questionnaires, Measures (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Educational Attainment, Prediction, Educational Experience, Individual Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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