Cognitive Coping Strategies used by Paramedics

Author:Sabiha Tahir 

Supervisor:Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: M.Phil

Year:2009 – 2011

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The objective of the study was to assess the cognitive coping strategies used by paramedics. It was hypothesized that coping strategies used by paramedics were likely to differ in different types of paramedics. Secondly, male paramedics were likely to be different from females in their cognitive coping strategies. Thirdly, married paramedics were likely to use different coping strategies as compared to unmarried. Fourth, paramedics with more age were likely to use different coping strategies as compared to the paramedics with lesser age. Fifth, working experience was likely to be related with use of different coping strategies. A sample of 90 paramedics was taken from the different hospitals of Lahore (Services Hospital, Punjab Institute of Mental Health and Sheikh Zaid Hospital) using purposive sampling technique. The Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ) (Granefski & Kraaij, 1999) was used to check the cognitive coping strategies, paramedics use after experiencing stressful life event. The results showed that lab assistants used more of “putting into perspective” and “blaming others” as compared to nurses and operation theatre assistants. Male paramedics blamed others more than female paramedics. Married used more of “putting into perspective” then unmarried paramedics. With more age and experience paramedics focused more on thought. On all other coping strategies there were no difference found among the paramedics with reference to gender, marital status and nature of job.


Keywords: cognitive, coping strategies, paramedics, stressful life events.

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