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Impact of Stress on Health and Coping Tactics in Relation to Sex
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by Jamie Schaffer and Mary Pritchard - University of Evansville
Few studies focus on stress in relation to numerous physical ailments. The purpose of the present research is to examine relations among stress, physical illness, coping, and sex. We surveyed 220 students at a midwestern university. Stress correlated with gastrointestinal ailments. Stress also correlated with various coping tactics (e.g., criticizing oneself). Men used alcohol and drugs to cope significantly more than women, whereas women used support systems. Identifying strategic coping tactics for each sex would help counselors deal with stress more effectively at colleges across the country.