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Gender differences in Appraisal and Coping: An examination of the situational and dispositional hypothesis

Kaiseler, Mariana and Polman, Remco and Nicholls, Adam R (2012) Gender differences in Appraisal and Coping: An examination of the situational and dispositional hypothesis. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 43 (1). ISSN 0047-0767

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Abstract

This study investigated gender differences in appraisal and coping among a sample of male and female soccer players. Two hundred and seventy-one participants (male n = 138; female n = 133; M age = 20.16 years, SD = 2.97) rated stress intensity and perceived control, and completed the MCOPE (Crocker & Graham, 1995) in response to three different experimenter defined stress scenarios. Results revealed that the females rated two scenarios with less perceived control and one scenario with higher stress intensity. Gender differences in coping, after controlling for stress intensity and control, were found across the three scenarios. This finding provides tentative support for the dispositional hypothesis. The results suggest that males and females differ in their preference for the use of certain coping strategies and that gender is a moderator in the stress appraisal and coping process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25793, stress, appraisal, coping, gender, dispositional hypothesis, situational hypothesis
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 04:02
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 05:47
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23180
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