The role of core self-evaluations in the coping process

J Appl Psychol. 2009 Jan;94(1):177-95. doi: 10.1037/a0013214.


In 2 studies, the authors investigated whether core self-evaluations (CSE) serve as an integrative framework for understanding individual differences in coping processes. A meta-analytic review demonstrated that CSEs were associated with fewer perceived stressors, lower strain, less avoidance coping, more problem-solving coping, and were not strongly related to emotion-focused coping. Consistent with the meta-analytic results, a daily diary study demonstrated that individuals with high CSE perceived fewer stressors, experienced less strain after controlling for stressors, and engaged in less avoidance coping. However, both studies demonstrated that emotional stability was uniquely related to the stress and coping process and that emotional stability moderated the relationship between stressors and strain. The discussion focuses on the distinction between depressive self-concept represented by CSE and the anxiety and worry represented by emotional stability. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Linear Models
  • Models, Psychological
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Personality
  • Problem Solving
  • Self Concept
  • Self-Assessment*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • United States