Dispositional Coping Styles and Childhood Abuse History Among Japanese Undergraduate Students

Noriko Shikai*, 1, Masayo Uji2, Masahiro Shono3, Toshiaki Nagata4, Toshinori Kitamura2
1 Shikai Clinic, Japan
2 Department of Clinical Behavioural Sciences (Psychological Medicine) Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Japan
3 Yuge Hospital, Japan
4 Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare, Japan

© 2008 Shikai et al;

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Dispositional coping styles in adulthood may be influenced by one’s experiences as a child. Japanese university students were examined in terms of their coping styles and child abuse history. Regression analyses revealed that an emotion- oriented coping style was predicted by neglect and emotional abuse during childhood.