What coping tells about personality
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 289–306, June 2009
How to Cite
Geisler, F. C. M., Wiedig-Allison, M. and Weber, H. (2009), What coping tells about personality. Eur. J. Pers., 23: 289–306. doi: 10.1002/per.709
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 16 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Received: 11 AUG 2008
- German Research Foundation (DFG). Grant Number: We 1779/5-1
- personality judgments
In this study, 123 participants (non-psychology students) who responded to an interpersonal stress situation staged in the laboratory were judged by unacquainted observers in terms of the Big Five dimensions, intelligence and social attractiveness. Coping behaviour appeared to predict personality impressions in a way that mirrors the relations between personality and coping observed in previous research: Overall, higher levels of Extraversion (E), Agreeableness (A), Conscientiousness (C) and Openness to experience (O) (as well as intelligence and social attractiveness) were predicted by problem-focussed behaviour and cognitive restructuring, whereas higher levels of Neuroticism (N) were predicted by withdrawal/passivity. The interpersonal impact of the particular coping reactions, as indicated by a positive personality impression, were largely inconsistent with their impact on affect following the stress induction. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.