The Relationship between Coping Mechanisms and Life Satisfaction
Arts and Sciences
The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation of coping mechanisms used by undergraduate college students throughout academic years and compare an individual’s level of life satisfaction. Approximately 100 college students at Valparaiso University were surveyed using a questionnaire filled with a Likert Scale to rank how often the student participated in coping mechanisms listed by the research group. Erikson and the System’s Theory perspectives were intertwined in the previous studies regarding how interactions, such as human relationships, could make a positive effect in developmental growth and coping, and how effective the environment played a role in an individual's life. Researchers were interested on how the multiple regression determined which coping mechanisms were used most frequently in the different academic years tested (freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors). In addition, researchers were curious to how specific coping mechanisms were related to the individual’s level of life satisfaction, which was dependent on the scale measurement featured on the questionnaire as well.
Heisey, Ashley; McCarver, Meagan; and Standiford, Timothy, "The Relationship between Coping Mechanisms and Life Satisfaction" (2016). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 542.