Coping with University Adjustment Problems and its Relationship with Self Esteem

Author: Faiza Murtaza

Supervisor: Ms. Afshi Yahya Khan

Degree: BS

Year: 2007-2011

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


The aim of the study was to discover the relationship between students’ coping with university adjustment problems and Self Esteem. The sample consisted of 330 students (150 boys and 180 girls) of two major Universities of Lahore; University of the Punjab and Govt. College University. It was a Corelational Research and Purposive sampling strategy was used to collect data. Data was collected through Demographic Questionnaire, Ways of Coping Scale (Sitwat, & Jahangir, 2005) and Self Esteem Scale (Rifai, & Tariq, 1999). All the tools were self-administered in group settings. Data was analyzed applying Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Independent sample t-test. The results of the study showed that there was a strong relation between coping and self-esteem of students. One type of coping; emotion- focused coping had significant negative relation with self-esteem. There were no significant differences with regard to gender in self-esteem. It was found that students used both types of coping but male adolescents used problem-focused coping more than female adolescents in stressful situations. This study will provide help in identification of students’ problems in university and for teacher in arranging structure tutorials, where students can share their problems and find out the solutions for those problems.

Keywords: Coping, Adjustment, Self-Esteem. University, Adjustment Problem.

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