A longitudinal study of coping styles in self-defining and socially defined women

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In a longitudinal study of 51 female college graduates (average age, 31 yrs), self-definition as measured by freshman-year TATs predicted several aspects of problem-solving and coping behavior 14 yrs later. Those Ss who viewed themselves, their world, and their own personal problems in ways that facilitated effective coping scored higher in self-definition. The Ss who took instrumental, as opposed to noninstrumental, actions to solve their problems or who remained passive also scored higher in self-definition. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed. (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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