Literature Review on Gender Differences in Coping Strategies of Human Beings

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It is an established fact that men and women differ in many ways, with different emotions and perceptions, with different personality characteristics (Burr, 1998). There has been much debate regarding the different gender related issues as more and more researches are being conducted. Although much of the research on gender is surrounded by controversy, researchers still ponder over different issues concerning gender differences. Many issues have been taken to account such as stress levels, adaptation and social relationships which are some of the areas in which there are significant gender differences (Larsen & Buss, 2002). Gender difference in coping is an interesting issue among these various issues regarding gender differences. The…show more content…
They are support seeking and tense reduction strategies. These results seem to imply that there are no significant differences between the two sexes when coping strategies are concerned (Berlin et al. 1990)
A research named ‘Patterns of Coping Preferences for Male and Female Caregivers of Frail Older Adults’ was conducted by Helen M. De Veries, David W. Hamilton, Steven Lovett and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson in 1997. The aim of this study was to learn about the similarities and differences in male and female caregivers’ preferred strategies for coping and the perceived helpfulness of these strategies in managing caregiving stressors were examined in this study (DeVeries et al, 1997). The subjects in this study consisted of 139 men and 31 women who were primary caregivers for an elderly family member who was either mentally (in terms of cognition) ill or physically weak. The participants were all volunteers who stepped in to participate in this research. They were required to fill up a questionnaire from the Health and Daily Living Form (Moos, Cronkite, Billings, Finncy, 1984 as cited by Helen et al, 1997). This questionnaire focused on determining the type and variety of coping strategies which consisted of 33 coping strategies used by caregivers in order to reach up to their high demand of caregiving. The results of this research suggest that there are no differences in coping strategies between the 2 sexes. However gender might is related to the
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