Life Events and Coping Strategies among Professionals

Author: Maryam Tahir

Supervisor: Mr. Faiz Younas Butt

Degree: MPhil

Year: (2008-2012)

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


The present study examined the relationship between life events and coping among professionals. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a significant positive relationship between negative life events and coping; a significant negative relationship between positive life events and coping; and the professionals with greater number of negative life events are likely to have higher level of coping while professional with greater number of positive life events are likely to have lower level of coping. Moreover, it was also hypothesized that there is likely to be differences among different professionals. Through convenient sampling, a sample of 100 professionals from private sector banks, universities and hospitals was selected. Life events questionnaire (Norbeck, 1984) and Brief Cope (Carver, 1997) were used to measure the variables. Pearson Correlation, Anova and Regression were used. The results showed significant positive correlation between negative life events and coping while significant negative correlation between positive life events and coping. With the help of the outcomes of the study, consideration should be given to the coping strategies for keeping work and family life separate to a great extent, and how results or productivity decrease when an unfortunate incident occurs and what kind of coping strategies can be exercised for this purpose.

Keywords: coping strategies, life events, professionals.

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