Negative life events and mental health problem: The importance of coping strategy

Siti Nor Yaacob, and Fam, Jia Yuin * and Muslihah Hasbullah, and Zarinah Arshat, and Rumaya Juhairi, (2019) Negative life events and mental health problem: The importance of coping strategy. Pertanika Journal Social Sciences & Humanities, 27 (S1). pp. 77-87. ISSN 0128-7702

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Exposure to negative life events can be extremely stressful for adolescents from divorced families and effective coping strategy can help to alleviate their stress. The current study examined the relationship between negative life events, coping strategy, and mental health problem among adolescents from divorced families. This study also explored the moderating role of coping strategy in the relationship. The sample of this study was 480 adolescents from divorced families, which were identified through multistage cluster sampling. The Malay Version of 12-Items General Health Questionnaire was implemented to measure mental health problem among the adolescents. The Brief Adolescent Life Event Scale was implemented to measure negative life events among adolescents. Brief Coping Orientation for Problem Experiences (COPE) was implemented to measure coping strategy. The current study revealed that mental health problem was significantly correlated with negative life events (r = 0.498, p < 0.001), maladaptive coping (r = 0.537, p < 0.001), and adaptive coping (r = -0.417, p < 0.001). The results found that both maladaptive (interaction effect = 0.158, p < 0.01) and adaptive coping (interaction effect = -0.150, p < 0.001) as significant moderators in the relationship between negative life events and mental health problem among adolescents. Specifically, the impact of negative life events is less severe when adolescents reported frequent application of adaptive coping. In contrast, negative life events are most detrimental when adolescents reported high reliance on maladaptive coping. The current study demonstrated that the magnitude of the relationship between negative life events and mental health problem is highly depending on the choice of coping strategy. The present study concluded that adaptive coping can effectively mitigate while maladaptive coping exacerbates the adverse impact of negative life events. The findings of this study have practical implications in helping adolescents to bounce back from the negative consequences of parental divorce.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescents; divorced families; mental health problems; negative life events
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Sunway University > Sunway University Business School > Centre for Commercial Law & Justice
Others > Non Sunway Academics
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 09:38
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 09:38

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