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Univerzitetska misao - časopis za nauku, kulturu i umjetnost, Novi Pazar
2019, iss. 18, pp. 41-53
article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 10/06/2020
doi: 10.5937/univmis1918041M
Life events and strategies for coping with stress in the seventh grade schoolchildren
aUniveristy of Niš, Faculty of Philosophy
bInternational University of Novi Pazar

e-mail: mbmilenovic@gmail.com, gentiana.mehmeti@gmail.com

Abstract

Stressful life events can range from everyday frustrations and conflicts to real traumas that can have profound consequences upon adolescents such as death of a close person, parents' divorce or war occurrences, etc. What particular consequences would stressful life events have for psycho-physical state of an individual depends, to a large extent, upon the strategy he uses in a concrete stress situation (Lacković-Grgin, 2000). In this research project, conducted upon a sample of 100 of the seventh grade schoolchildren, a correlation between stress, measured by the Life Events Stress Scale - STRESS - D (Košta, Vulić-Prtorić, 2002) and individual strategies for overcoming them as expressed by the Children's Coping Strategies Checklist-Revision 1 (CCSC-R1) (Ayers, et al., 1996) is explored. The most stressful life events, in children's views, are physical changes due to growing up, death of a close cousin, accusation for something they have not done, elders' distrust and shaming before others, while the coping strategies are expressed through four factors, namely: active coping, distraction, avoidance of situation and support seeking. The statistical analysis has shown that the most important correlations are between a stressful event, death of a close cousin and active coping (r=.321; p<0.01), that is support from others (r=.326; p<0.01) as well as between shaming before others and avoidance (r=.328; p<0.01), that is, support seeking (r=.317; p<0.01). The results tell us that the experience of stressful events and coping strategies possess certain characteristics that are peculiar for the schoolchild of higher elementary school grades.

Keywords

Life Events; Stress Coping Strategies; Schoolchildren.

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