Coping Styles as a Predictor of Trait and Behavioral Impulsivity
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The present study will examine the relationship between coping styles and impulsive behavior in adolescents. The coping styles being examined are productive and non-productive coping as predictors of impulsive personality traits and behavior. In previous studies, non-productive coping has been related to risk taking behavior such as drinking, risky sexual activities, and smoking (Magar, 2008). This study will be comparing non-productive and productive coping to impulsive personality traits and behavioral impulsivity as the underlying mechanism of risk taking behavior. Coping styles will be collected using the Adolescent Coping Orientation for Problem Experiences (ACOPE), a self-report measure of specific coping behaviors, which are categorized into 12 coping style subscales. Behavioral impulsivity will be evaluated as a performance measure using Kirby’s Monetary-Choice Questionnaire, while trait impulsivity will be measured using the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS). Regression analyses will be conducted to determine the relationship between coping strategies and levels of impulsivity. The measures will then be analyzed for significant indications of a predictive correlation. This study shows that non-productive coping styles are related to higher levels of impulsivity.
Wilfong, Kevin Michael (2015). Coping Styles as a Predictor of Trait and Behavioral Impulsivity. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from