An investigation of stress and coping in a college population

This experiment examined the stress reactions and coping styles of 140 college students using a test of autonomic balance to measure stress, and a modified form of Rahe’s life-change/illness questionnaire to measure both stress reactions and coping styles. Results suggest that stable sex difference effects existed for both measures and that Rahe’s model of life-change/illness was generalizable only to those populations who handle nstress by thinking about it frequently.