Dispositional optimism and coping with academic examinations

Percept Mot Skills. 1996 Aug;83(1):23-7. doi: 10.2466/pms.1996.83.1.23.


Correlations between scores on dispositional optimism and four categories of coping strategies for academic examinations for a group of 248 Hong Kong undergraduates were .25 for Self-encouragement and -.20 for Cognitive Avoidance. These results lend partial support to the association of adaptive coping and optimism, measured by the Life Orientation Test.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Achievement*
  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Educational Measurement
  • Female
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Personality*
  • Psychometrics
  • Social Work / education
  • Students / psychology*