Coping, Personality and

Gerald Matthews, Moshe Zeidner, Richard D. Roberts

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Personality traits are associated with stable affective dispositions, including vulnerability to stress. Coping is conceptualized as a process that mediates interactions between people and sources of environmental demand. Thus, research on coping may help to explain associations between personality and affective response. Various traits correlate with coping preferences. Traits associated with stress vulnerability, such as neuroticism, may predispose maladaptive coping with challenging events, although coping is also strongly influenced by situational factors. Adaptive personality characteristics including resilience and emotional intelligence may be associated with use of effective coping strategies. Research in this field may be applied to enhancing individual resilience to stress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2015

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  • Coping
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Five factor model
  • Personality
  • Resilience
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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