Gender Differences in Coping Strategies among Coronary Heart Disease Patients

Author: Bassitt Marie

Supervisor: Ms. Fatima Ali Bokhari

Degree: BS

Year: 2005-2009

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


The purpose of the present research was to investigate the gender difference in Coping Strategies among Coronary Heart Patients. A total sample of 150 patients (75 males and 75 females) was selected from different hospitals of Lahore. The Demographic Questionnaire and Brief Cope Questionnaires were administered. It was hypothesized that there were gender differences in the use of coping strategies among males and females coronary heart patients. The results indicated that there was a significant mean difference on the coping strategies of males and females patients. Results further revealed that significant gender differences were found on the use of denial, emotional support and behavior disengagement coping subscales among coronary heart patients and non-significant gender differences were found on the self-distraction, active coping, substance use, instrumental support, venting, positive reframing, p l a n n i n g , h u m o r, a c c e p t a n c e , r e l i g i o n a n d s e l f – b l a m i n g c o p i n g s u b s c a l e s .

Keywords: Coping, Coronary Heart Patients, Substance Use, Positive Reframing.

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