Coping Across the Transition to Adolescence: Evidence of Interindividual Consistency and Mean-Level Change

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to examine various forms of coping across the transition to adolescence, with a focus on interindividual (correlational) consistency of coping and mean-level changes in coping. Adolescents’ emotional coping, problem solving, positive cognitive restructuring, avoidance, and support seeking in response to everyday stressors were assessed via a daily diary beginning when participants (N = 155) were approximately 9 years old and continued every 2 years for a total of four assessments. Most indices of coping demonstrated some interindividual consistency across time. Emotional coping and support-seeking coping declined over time, whereas positive cognitive restructuring and avoidance increased as adolescents aged. The discussion focuses on the implications of the findings and suggestions for advancing this line of inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-965
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume35
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 11 2015

Keywords

  • adolescent development
  • coping
  • latent growth curve modeling
  • longitudinal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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