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Collectivistic coping, allocentrism, and stress
by Shen, Jiun J., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 77; 10252514
Abstract (Summary)

Although numerous studies have identified the buffering effects of different coping strategies in stress and health research, few studies have considered the influence of cultural factors such as allocentrism (degree of collectivism). The present study examined whether the collectivistic coping strategies of support (support from racially similar others, support from experienced others, support from family) and avoidance (forbearance, fatalism) were associated with perceived and physiological stress levels, and whether allocentrism influenced this relationship, among a sample of low-income mothers. Results showed that higher use of support from family and lower use of avoidance coping were associated with lower levels of perceived stress and lower morning cortisol. Among women high in allocentrism, those who used support from experienced others had lower levels of perceived stress. These results contribute to our understanding of the role of culture in stress-coping research and how culture influences our physiological stress reactions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Urizar, Guido
Commitee: Chun, Chi-Ah, Thoman, Dustin
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Social psychology
Keywords: Collectivism, Coping, Cortisol, Culture, Saliva, Stress
Publication Number: 10252514
ISBN: 978-1-369-57545-3
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