This study investigated the possible existence of a relationship between approach-oriented and avoidant-oriented coping styles on substance use in enlisted reservist personnel. Additionally, this study explored the predictive capabilities of age, rank or grade, education, and marital status in relation to the type of coping style utilized by reservist personnel. Enlisted reservist personnel between the pay grades of E-1 and E-7 were included in this study. The Brief COPE inventory measured coping style. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10) measured alcohol and drug use respectively. The Perceived Stress Scale measured stress. This study found that avoidant coping was positively correlated with substance use in enlisted reservist personnel. Reservist personnel 31 years of age and younger are more likely to utilize avoidant coping strategies, and being married and having acquired some college education are more likely to result in the usage of approach coping strategies.
Keywords: coping, enlisted reservists, coping, substance use, stress.
|Commitee:||Brown, Arlene, Williams, Cyrus|
|Department:||Counselor Education and Supervision|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social psychology, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Coping styles, Drug abuse, Enlisted reservist, Substance use|
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