The research reported here was supported by a grant of the first author by Bundesministerium für Forschung und Technologie (BMFT; 0706567) and by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; SE 408/10-1).
Changes in Stress Perception and Coping During Adolescence: The Role of Situational and Personal Factors
Article first published online: 5 FEB 2009
© 2009, Copyright the Author(s); Journal Compilation © 2009, Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 80, Issue 1, pages 259–279, January/February 2009
How to Cite
Seiffge-Krenke, I., Aunola, K. and Nurmi, J.-E. (2009), Changes in Stress Perception and Coping During Adolescence: The Role of Situational and Personal Factors. Child Development, 80: 259–279. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01258.x
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 5 FEB 2009
The present study investigated the interplay between developmental changes in stress and coping during early and late adolescence. Using a longitudinal design, stress perception and coping styles of 200 adolescents in 7 different stressful situations were investigated. Multilevel piecewise latent growth curve models showed that stress perception decreased during late adolescence, whereas active and internal coping increased continuously from ages 12 to 19. Adolescents’ high levels of perceived stress in a particular situation were associated with a high level of active coping but a low level of internal coping in that same situation. Withdrawal was associated with high levels of perceived stress, independent of situation. Developmental changes in individual adolescents’ stress perception and coping were in most cases situation specific.