Coping resources, perceived stress, and life satisfaction among Turkish and American university students

Matheny K., Curlette W., Aysan F., Herrington A., Gfroerer C., Thompson D., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STRESS MANAGEMENT, vol.9, no.2, pp.81-97, 2002 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1023/a:1014902719664
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.81-97
  • Keywords: stress, coping resources, life satisfaction, university students, cross cultural, SOCIAL SUPPORT, PREDICTORS
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigated coping resources (Coping Resources Inventory for Stress), Perceived stress (perceived Stress Scale), and life satisfaction (Satisfaction with Life Scale) among American and Turkish university students. Results support the use of transactional stress constructs in studying life satisfaction with students in both countries. American and Turkish students did not differ significantly in regard to perceived stress, life satisfaction, or an overall measure of coping resources; however, they did differ significantly regarding specific coping resources. Variables entering regression models for predicting life satisfaction differed for students in the two countries and for the sexes within countries, and these models accounted for between 30% and 62% of variance. Social support and a sense of financial freedom were particularly useful in predicting life satisfaction. Coping resources accounted for 54% of variance in perceived stress. There were significant sex differences for both countries, generally favoring males, in regard to specific coping resources.