Comparing the Stability of Personality Traits and Coping Styles across Two Social Contexts

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Description: The purpose of the present study was to compare ratings of personality traits and coping styles for 73 college students using informant raters from two different social contexts. Parents served as informants for the home context and college peers served as informants for the school context. They were asked to complete a basic personality trait measure (NEO-FFI; Costa & McCrae, 1992) and a coping style measure (COPE; Carver, Scheier, & Weintraub, 1989) regarding the target individual (i.e., their son/daughter or friend). Significantly higher correlations were found between informant ratings for basic personality traits compared to the coping style variables, suggesting that coping styles may vary more than traits across contexts. Methods of coping may be more specific to the particular situational challenges observed by different informants.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work