Personality and coping: a context for examining celebrity worship and mental health

Br J Psychol. 2004 Nov;95(Pt 4):411-28. doi: 10.1348/0007126042369794.


The adaptational-continuum model of personality and coping suggests a useful context for research areas that emphasize both personality and coping. The present paper used Ferguson's (2001) model integrating personality and coping factors to further conceptualize findings around celebrity worship. Three hundred and seventy-two respondents completed measures of celebrity worship, personality, coping style, general health, stress, positive and negative affect and life satisfaction. Celebrity worship for intense-personal reasons is associated with poorer mental heath and this relationship can be understood within the dimensions of neuroticism and a coping style that suggests disengagement. Such findings suggest the utility of examining the relationship between celebrity worship and mental health within both personality and coping variables, which have practical implications for understanding and addressing mental health problems that may occur as the result of engaging in celebrity worship for intense-personal reasons.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Famous Persons*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality*
  • Social Perception*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires