Gender differences in coping strategies of undergraduate students and their impact on self-esteem and attainment

Julia Lawrence, Kelly Ashford, Paul Dent

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This study sought to investigate differences in the coping strategies adopted by male and female first year students in a higher education environment and the extent to which such strategies had an impact on self-esteem and attainment. Results revealed significant differences between males and females in terms of engagement in coping strategies and academic attainment. Specifically, males exhibited greater ability to detach themselves from the emotions of a situation, were more inclined to demonstrate emotional inhibition or ‘bottling up’ of emotions and reported higher self-esteem. In addition, it was observed that females attained at a significantly higher level than males. Practical implications and recommendations for future research are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-281
Number of pages9
JournalActive Learning in Higher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

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