Title

The impact of students' 'internally' versus 'externally' oriented coping strategies upon anxiety and depression: Implications for counselling processes

Date of this Version

3-1-2011

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Bitsika, V., Sharpley, C. F., Aroutzidis, A. S. & Smith, D. (2011). The impact of students' 'internally' versus 'externally' oriented coping strategies upon anxiety and depression: Implications for counselling processes. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2 (1), 71-81.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 170100

© Copyright Taylor & Francis Ltd., 2011

ISSN

2150-7686

Abstract

As a preliminary investigation of the implications for counselling practice of Purpose in Life (PIL), Search for Neotic Goals (SONG) and Conscientiousness (CON) as potential buffers against anxiety and depression among university student clients, 398 students from a university in eastern Australia completed measures of these constructs. Results indicated that, although having a clear PIL and being conscientious were negatively associated with anxiety and depression, SONG was positively linked with these disorders. More importantly for counselling processes, up to 10% of those students whose anxiety and depression would make them most likely to seek counselling showed inverse relationships between PIL, SONG and CON and anxiety and depression. Several strategies are suggested for counsellors who work with university student populations.

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