Date of Award
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)
Lisa Christiansen, PsyD
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The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between coping styles, self-care strategies and perceived stress level during the first semester of enrollment in a graduate program in psychology. Participants were 67 graduate students enrolled either in a Counseling Psychology master’s program or a Clinical Psychology doctoral program at a Pacific Northwest university. Self report questionnaires were used to assess levels of perceived stress, coping styles, self-care practices, and demographics. Although there were no overall significant differences related to perceived stress, there were significant correlations within demographic sub-groups related to coping styles and self-care practices. Future research is necessary to determine if these self-care patterns might vary for practitioner focused versus research focused programs and to determine the stability of the self-care patterns throughout graduate training and career establishment.
Green, Morgan (2010). Efficacy of Coping Skills and Self-Care Behaviors of Graduate Psychology Students in Their First Semester (Master's thesis, Pacific University). Retrieved from: