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Análise Psicológica

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COSTA, Etã Sobal  and  LEAL, Isabel Pereira. Estratégias de coping em estudantes do Ensino Superior. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2006, vol.24, n.2, pp.189-199. ISSN 0870-8231.

Coping is the combination of cognitive and behavioural strategies developed by the subject to deal with the internal and external demands of the relation person-environment that is evaluated as extreme, and the emotional reactions caused by these demands. The present exploratory study had the main aim to determine the coping strategies used for college students of Viseu, taking into consideration the implications of some variables that characterized the sample, such as the sex, the choice of the course, the facilities of mobility and the type of studies. Toulouse Scale of Coping - ETC (Esparbès, Sordes-Ader, & Tap, 1993) was applied to a sample of 401 university students of the three higher institutes of the city of Viseu: Piaget Institute (n=175; 43.6%), Polytechnic Institute (n=193; 48.1%) and Catholic University (n=33; 8.2%), 109 (27.2%) of masculine sex and 292 (72.8%) of feminine sex, with ages understood between the 18 and 37 years, with average of 21.3 years (dp=2.29). The results showed that the strategies of coping used more often by the students were the Control and the Social Support, having this last one being used more times by the students of the sex feminine. But the data obtained in the strategy of Retraining did show significant differences when it was compared the option of the course with the facilities of mobility.

Keywords : Coping; college students.

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