Supervisor:Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study was conducted to investigate Perceived stress, stress appraisal, and coping strategies used in relation to television exposure to terrorism. It was hypothesized that there is positive relationship between perceived stress, stress appraisal, coping strategies and television exposure of terrorism. A sample of 98 students (50 Males, 48 Females; age between 20-25 years) was selected from the Departments of “Faculty of Life Sciences” University of the Punjab, Lahore. A demographic questionnaire, Perceived stress scale (PSS) (Cohen, 1983), Stress appraisal measure (SAM) (Peacock & Wong, 1990), and Coping strategy questionnaire(CSQ) (Kausar, 2001) were used for assessment. Data was analyzed using correlation, t-test, and regression analysis. The results indicated that there is not significant relationship between perceived stress, stress appraisal, coping strategies and television exposure of terrorism. There were significant gender differences in perceived stress, stress appraisal, and coping strategies; females perceived more stress than males, males had more exposure of terrorism through television, and males used more active practical and religious coping strategies. There was not significant relationship between television exposure of terrorism and stress because people used more problem-focused coping strategies, habituation due to excessive exposure of terrorism.
Keywords: Perceived Stress, Stress Appraisal, Coping Strategies, Terrorism.
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