Determinants of stress-related growth: Gender, stressfulness of the event, and coping strategies

Kesimci A., Goral F., Gencoz T.

CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY, vol.24, no.1, pp.68-75, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12144-005-1005-x
  • Title of Journal : CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.68-75


The present study aimed to investigate the determinants of stress-related growth. For this aim the associations of gender, stressfulness of the event, and three coping strategies (problem-oriented, fatalistic, and helplessness) with stress-related growth were tested by multiple regression analysis. Participants were 132 undergraduate students. Results revealed that females reported higher levels of stress-related growth than males, and as expected, higher levels of the stressfulness of the event associated with more stress-related growth. Furthermore, frequent utilization of problem-oriented and fatalistic coping strategies was associated with higher stress-related growth. These findings were discussed in the light of relevant literature and culture-specific features.