Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Interaction of coping and severity of stressor from an acceptance and commitment therapy conceptualization
by Bethley, Nadia N., M.A., The University of Mississippi, 2015, 105; 1591223
Abstract (Summary)

According to recent data released by the American College Health Association, 51.5% of college students reported feeling more than average or tremendous stress within the past 12 months (42% and 9.5%, respectively) (ACHA, 2012). People engage in coping strategies when stressed that can affect their perceived psychological distress differently. Strategies associated with psychological flexibility (e.g., acceptance and behavioral activation) are associated with more positive outcomes (e.g., Ruiz, 2010; Sturmey, 2009), while psychologically inflexible strategies (e.g., suppression and avoidance) have been linked to greater psychological distress (e.g., Marcks & Woods, 2005; Hayes et al, 2006). Within the psychological flexibility model, few studies have looked at the interaction between severity of naturally occurring stressors and coping strategy and their influence on psychological distress. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the relationship between coping strategy and severity of stressor in a college population. Participants (n = 538) were prompted to write a brief description of a recent stressful event then indicate whether or not they used certain coping strategies to deal with this stressor. Results indicate that with respect to most coping strategies, there was not a significant effect on psychological distress. However, some results indicate there may be some significant effects of coping strategy engagement on psychological distress in the predicted direction (e.g., alcohol use: β = 0.18, t(535) = 4.34, p < .001, pr2 = .034).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: WIlson, Kelly G.
Commitee: Allen, Michael T., Kellum, Karen K.
School: The University of Mississippi
Department: Psychology, Clinical
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology, Cognitive psychology, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Acceptance and commitment therapy, Coping, Severity of stressor
Publication Number: 1591223
ISBN: 9781321822656
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