Positive coping style as a mediator between older adults’ self-esteem and loneliness

Le Zhao1, Xing Zhang2, Guangming Ran3
1School of Education, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai, People’s Republic of China
2Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, People’s Republic of China
3Institute of Education, China West Normal University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Zhao, L., Zhang, X., & Ran, G. (2017). Positive coping style as a mediator between older adults’ self-esteem and loneliness. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45(10), 1619-1628.

Volume 45 Issue 10 | e6486 | Published: November 2017 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6486

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We explored the relationships among older adults’ self-esteem, coping styles, and loneliness. Participants were 312 older adults who ranged in age from 60 to 88 years, and who were living in Beibei District, Chongqing, China. Participants completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Simplified Coping Style Questionnaire, and the UCLA Loneliness Scale. The results indicated that older adults’ self-esteem, coping style, and loneliness were closely related to each other, and that a positive coping style partially mediated the relationship between the self-esteem and loneliness of the participants. These findings provide new insights into the effect of self-esteem on loneliness of older adults.

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