Depression as a Function of Coping Strategies and Stress amongst College Students

  • Vikash Kumar Verma Research Scholar, P.G. Department of Psychology, Patna University, Patna
  • Poonam Kumari University Professor & Head, P.G. Department of Psychology, Patna University, Patna
Keywords: Strategies and Stress, Depression, College Students


An attempt was made to examine the association of coping strategies and stress with depression. Further purpose it was hypothesized that : (i) Students showing emotion-focused coping strategies to stress would be more depressed than the students showing problem-focused coping strategies to stress, (ii) college students having more stress would be more depressed then college students having less stress. Coping strategies stress and depression were measured using Srivastava's coping strategies scale, stress scale by Laxhmi and Narayan and Hindi adaptation of Beck Depression Inventory respectively. Besides, a PDS was used to seek the necessary information about the respondents. The scales along with PDS were administered on 300 college students and data obtained were treated using chi-square. The results confirmed the hypothesises. It was found that (i) low problem focused ground (ii) high emotion-focused group and (iii) high-stress group excelled in terms of having higher degree of depression. It was concluded that problem-focused coping strategy leads lower level of depression whereas emotion-focused coping strategies lead higher depression. Further, higher stress leads to higher level of depression vice-versa.


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