Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The present study aimed to add to the literature on the internal and external factors that may buffer the negative effects of stress. Specifically, the present study examined the effects of coping styles, self-esteem, and social support on both psychological wellbeing and stress. Participants (N = 198) were administered a measure of coping styles (COPE), self-esteem (Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale), social support (SSQ-R), psychological wellbeing (MHI), and stress (ICSRLE). Results showed problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping were associated with better psychological wellbeing and lower stress. Avoidant coping was associated with lower psychological wellbeing and higher stress. Self-esteem was also related to higher psychological wellbeing and lower stress. Overall social support network size was predictive of psychological wellbeing in the overall sample, but not predictive of stress; however, in the college age group, overall social support was not predictive of wellbeing or stress. Satisfaction with social support was predictive of both wellbeing and stress. In general, the findings of the present study agreed with the findings of previous research. Exceptions and implications are discussed.


Dr. Janett Naylor

Date of Award

Summer 2013

Document Type



© 2013 Emily Meyerhoffer-Kubalik


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