An analysis of stressors, coping strategies and leisure time usage in the urban elementary school child

Mate, Carolyn (1991) An analysis of stressors, coping strategies and leisure time usage in the urban elementary school child. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study examined children's stressors, coping strategies, and participation and interest in leisure time pursuits. Quantitative data were collected through the administration of a self-report questionnaire to 69 fifth and sixth graders in three urban schools. Internal reliability, construct and content validity of the instrument were deemed to be appropriate. The most commonly reported stressors pertained to health, defining their own individuality from interpersonal pressures, developing a degree of competence, and finding out where they fit within the larger school and social context. In coping, the children reported attempts to find ways to make themselves feel better without hurting either themselves or other people, with some attempt to control what happens to them. Socializing was an important component of both participation and interest in extracurricular activities. The results of the MANOVA revealed a significant difference between gender and interest in extracurricular activities, with females reporting a higher level of interest in leisure time pursuits than males.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5090
Item ID: 5090
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 120-130.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1991
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: School children--Psychology; Stress in children; Adjustment (Psychology) in children

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