A comparison between the effect of emotional certainty and uncertainty of coping strategies

Yin-Hui Cheng1, Fu-Yung Kuan2, Chun-I Li3, Yun Ken4
1Department of International Business, National Taichung University, Taiwan
2Marketing and Distribution Management, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
3National Central University, Taiwan
4National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Cite this article:  Cheng, Y.-H., Kuan, F.-Y., Li, C.-I., & Ken, Y. (2010). A comparison between the effect of emotional certainty and uncertainty of coping strategies. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 38(1), 53-60.

Volume 38 Issue 1 | e1966 | Published: February 2010 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2010.38.1.53

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It was proposed that any emotion associated with a feeling of certainty would promote problem-focused coping, whereas any emotion associated with a feeling of uncertainty would lead to more emotion-focused coping. An experiment with 180 undergraduate students and based on appraisal questionnaires (Smith & Ellsworth, 1985) provided confirmation for the proposal by showing that participants in emotional states of uncertainty were more favorably disposed towards problem-focused coping than they were in states of emotional certainty; whereas participants in states of emotional certainty engaged in more emotion-focused coping than in states of uncertainty emotional in a judgment context.

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