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Children’s Center for Community Research Finds Adolescents’ Coping Mechanisms are Varied

New research from the Children’s Center for Community Research at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center shows that adolescents between the ages of 14 and 16 engage in a variety of different coping strategies, some of which yield higher levels of anxiety than others.

The study, authored by Drs. Joanna Herres and Christine Ohannessian, classified 10th and 11th grade students into four distinct groups based on their self-reported responses. Each group differed in their amount of coping, with relative preference for certain strategies.

Interestingly, the “Social Support Seeking” and “Active Coping Groups” reported the highest levels of coping, yet reported the highest levels of anxiety. “Independent Copers” reported moderate levels of coping, yet reported the lowest levels of depressive systems compared to the other three groups.

The study recently was accepted by the Journal of Affective Disorders for publication.

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