PSYCH  Vol.2 No.6 , September 2011
Dispositional Self-Control Capacity and Trait Anxiety as Relates to Coping Styles
ABSTRACT
In the present article, we analyzed the relationship between dispositional self-control capacity, trait anxiety, and coping s. Since self-control is often crucial for adapting one’s behavior to be positive, we predicted that dispositional differences in the capacity to exert self-control play a role in determining individuals coping s. To test this assumption, we assessed participants’ (N = 163) dispositional self-control capacity using the Self-Control Scale, and their dispositional coping s by using the short version of the German Coping Questionnaire SVF78 (German: Stressverarbeitungsfragebogen). A path analysis supported our hypothesis; higher levels of dispositional self-control capacity were positively associated with positive coping and negatively associated with negative coping . Basing on attentional control theory, we further assumed that this relationship was mediated by trait anxiety. In a second study based on a sample of N = 98 participants, we additionally applied the trait version of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. The results of a path analysis revealed that trait anxiety mediated the relationship between dispositional self-control capacity and coping s. The results suggest that it may be useful to take a closer look at the role of self-control in the anxiety-coping relationship.

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nullEnglert, C. , Bertrams, A. & Dickhäuser, O. (2011). Dispositional Self-Control Capacity and Trait Anxiety as Relates to Coping Styles. Psychology, 2, 598-604. doi: 10.4236/psych.2011.26092.
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