1 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Center for Psykotraumatologi, Institut for Psykologi, Syddansk Universitet3 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Abstract Individuals generally use the same coping styles across situations. It is important to identify maladaptive cop- ing in adolescents as coping patterns may persist into adult- hood, and are associated with mental health. The present study used a cross-sectional design to investigate the combined effect of personality traits, attachment, locus of control, and social support on rational (problem-focused), avoidant, and emotion-focused coping in 320 trauma-exposed adolescents. The combined variables only explained 20-23 % of the vari- ance in avoidant and rational coping, and 49 % of the variance in emotion-focused coping. The largest contributing variable for emotion-focused coping was neuroticism, possibly due to a confounding of emotion-focused coping with distress. Thus, other variables are needed to fully account for coping style choice.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 2014, Vol 7, Issue 2, p. 75-85