An investigation on supportive resources and coping styles with stressors in university students

Document Type : Research Paper



Students' life as a new situation may predispose many stressors for them. Social norms, new friends and living far from family and new expectation of them, are factors that distort their adjustment and make them using many coping styles such as problem-centered and emotional-centered for new adaptation. Meanwhile, there are many supportive systems as family, friends and significant others that help them in coping. The present article tries to study the perceived stress, coping styles and supportive resources in students.
Methods and Materials: present research is a survey one. Using multi-stage sampling, the sample volume estimated about 340 according to krejcie and Morgan formula. Three questionnaires were used for data gathering; Sarafino daily hassles questionnaire, Moss and Belings coping styles questionnaire and multidimensional perceived social support.
Results: Results showed no significant relationship between stress and problem-centered coping but significant with emotional-centered style (Ρ<0/05). Moreover there were no difference between males and females in problem–centered style but significance in emotional centered (Ρ<0/05) and there were significant relationship between stress with total social support and family support (Ρ<0/05) and with significant others (Ρ<0/01). Sex differences in social support was significant at (Ρ<0/05) and in significant others support (Ρ<0/01). There was no relationship in other variables.
Conclusion: According to results, and vital role of coping styles with stress for making psychosocial adaptation of people, it is necessary for families as the first educational center to have more supporting role in teaching coping styles for better adaptation of their children.