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dc.contributor.authorDevonport, Tracey J.
dc.contributor.authorLane, Andrew M.
dc.date.accessioned2007-11-19T18:44:18Z
dc.date.available2007-11-19T18:44:18Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationThe Psychological Record, 2006, 56: 259-266
dc.identifier.issn0033-2933
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/14657
dc.description.abstractThe present study examined changes in primary and secondary appraisal, and coping strategies utilized in the final weeks leading to dissertation submission. Sixty volunteer Sports Studies dissertation students (male: n = 29; female: n = 31) completed an adapted Cognitive Appraisal of Health Scale (CAHS: Kessler, 1998), and Brief COPE (Carver, Scheier, & Weintraub, 1989) on 4 occasions over the 6 weeks before dissertation submission. Repeated measures multivariate analysis of variance indicated a significant main effect for gender, with no main effect for changes over time and no significant interaction effect. Results demonstrated that males perceived the dissertation to be significantly more threatening and iess challenging than females. With regard to coping, males used more active coping, positive reframing, planning, and acceptance of the stressor, with lower scores for self-blame, venting of emotions, and behavioral disengagement. The results suggest that, for this student population, the dissertation did not become increasingly stressful in the period before submission. Clear relationships were also evidenced between primary appraisal, secondary appraisal, and coping. Future research should seek to identify factors that moderate the influence of situational stressors on coping responses among undergraduate students.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSouthern Illinois University, Carbondale
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.siuc.edu/~ThePsychologicalRecord/index.html
dc.subjectCognitive appraisal
dc.subjectDissertation
dc.subjectStress
dc.subjectUndergraduate Students
dc.titleCognitive appraisal of dissertation stress among undergraduate students
dc.typeJournal article
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-21T10:12:18Z
html.description.abstractThe present study examined changes in primary and secondary appraisal, and coping strategies utilized in the final weeks leading to dissertation submission. Sixty volunteer Sports Studies dissertation students (male: n = 29; female: n = 31) completed an adapted Cognitive Appraisal of Health Scale (CAHS: Kessler, 1998), and Brief COPE (Carver, Scheier, & Weintraub, 1989) on 4 occasions over the 6 weeks before dissertation submission. Repeated measures multivariate analysis of variance indicated a significant main effect for gender, with no main effect for changes over time and no significant interaction effect. Results demonstrated that males perceived the dissertation to be significantly more threatening and iess challenging than females. With regard to coping, males used more active coping, positive reframing, planning, and acceptance of the stressor, with lower scores for self-blame, venting of emotions, and behavioral disengagement. The results suggest that, for this student population, the dissertation did not become increasingly stressful in the period before submission. Clear relationships were also evidenced between primary appraisal, secondary appraisal, and coping. Future research should seek to identify factors that moderate the influence of situational stressors on coping responses among undergraduate students.


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