Presentation Title

Perceived Stress and Self-Distraction Coping

Faculty Mentor

Megan Granquist

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

43

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Abstract

Introduction: College students all perceive stress differently which can result in different coping mechanisms. During finals week when stress is at its peak, some students will resort to self-distraction coping behaviors instead of actively coping and studying to ease their stress. Self-distraction coping behaviors could cause students to avoid their perceived stress and possibly cause procrastination. This raises the question, is there a positive correlation between perceived stress and self-distraction coping behaviors.

Objective: This research will examine any correlation between perceived stress and self-distraction coping behaviors.

Setting: NCAA Division III collegiate institution.

Data collection: Archival data was provided by Dr. Granquist was used for this research.

Participants: Participants of this study are male and female individuals.

Variables: Perceived stress: measured by the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) (Cohen, Kamarck, Mermestein, 1983). Self-distraction coping behaviors: measured by the Brief Cope Self-Distraction Subscale (Carver, 1997).

Results: The PSS total ranged from 9 to 44 (mean = 25.936; SD = 6.6762). The self-distraction coping total ranged from 2 to 8 (mean = 5.898; SD = 1.481). Spearman Correlation. The results show a statistically significant correlation between the PSS and self-distraction subscale (rs = .226, p = .045), which indicates that perceived stress and self-distraction coping behaviors are positively related.

Conclusion: There is a positive correlation participants that experience stress also demonstrate self-distraction coping behaviors. Future research should continue to investigate what types of stress reduction programs will enhance an active coping behavior rather than a self-distraction coping behavior. This could improve a student’s study habits and overall health.

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Nov 23rd, 10:00 AM Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM

Perceived Stress and Self-Distraction Coping

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Abstract

Introduction: College students all perceive stress differently which can result in different coping mechanisms. During finals week when stress is at its peak, some students will resort to self-distraction coping behaviors instead of actively coping and studying to ease their stress. Self-distraction coping behaviors could cause students to avoid their perceived stress and possibly cause procrastination. This raises the question, is there a positive correlation between perceived stress and self-distraction coping behaviors.

Objective: This research will examine any correlation between perceived stress and self-distraction coping behaviors.

Setting: NCAA Division III collegiate institution.

Data collection: Archival data was provided by Dr. Granquist was used for this research.

Participants: Participants of this study are male and female individuals.

Variables: Perceived stress: measured by the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) (Cohen, Kamarck, Mermestein, 1983). Self-distraction coping behaviors: measured by the Brief Cope Self-Distraction Subscale (Carver, 1997).

Results: The PSS total ranged from 9 to 44 (mean = 25.936; SD = 6.6762). The self-distraction coping total ranged from 2 to 8 (mean = 5.898; SD = 1.481). Spearman Correlation. The results show a statistically significant correlation between the PSS and self-distraction subscale (rs = .226, p = .045), which indicates that perceived stress and self-distraction coping behaviors are positively related.

Conclusion: There is a positive correlation participants that experience stress also demonstrate self-distraction coping behaviors. Future research should continue to investigate what types of stress reduction programs will enhance an active coping behavior rather than a self-distraction coping behavior. This could improve a student’s study habits and overall health.