Coping with interpersonal stress: role of big five traits


Coping with interpersonal stress: role of big five traits


Lee-Baggley D; Preece M; DeLongis A


Journal Of Personality




Humans; Interpersonal Relations; Prospective Studies; Stress; Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support; Adaptation; Psychological; Family/psychology; Statistical; Factor Analysis; Psychological/psychology; Marriage/psychology; Personality; Couples Therapy/methods


Seventy-one couples living in a stepfamily context reported interpersonal family stressors and related coping strategies daily for 1 week in a daily process study. The role of personality and of the stressful context in each of the spouse's coping was examined. Personality was assessed via the Five-Factor Model (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness). Two types of stressors emerged as primary dimensions of stepfamily stress: marital conflict and child misbehavior. These were treated as contextual factors in multilevel modeling analyses examining the independent and interactive effects of personality and situation on coping. Nine subscales of coping were examined based on three main functions of coping: problem-, emotion- and relationship-focused. Both the situational context and the five dimensions of personality examined were significantly and independently related to coping-strategy use. Moreover, there were significant personality-by-context interactions. The present study highlights the importance of considering personality in context when examining coping behaviors.


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Lee-Baggley D; Preece M; DeLongis A, “Coping with interpersonal stress: role of big five traits,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 20, 2024,