Social Indicators Research

, Volume 122, Issue 2, pp 479–489 | Cite as

Coping Strategies as Predictors of Well-Being in Youth Adult

  • Teresa Mayordomo-Rodríguez
  • Juan Carlos Meléndez-Moral
  • Paz Viguer-Segui
  • Alicia Sales-Galán


This study aimed to determine the effects of two types of coping strategies on wellbeing in a sample of 405 young people using structural equation modeling. A survey research design was employed. Two constructs were measured: coping strategies and well-being. Goodness of fit indices was analyzed to select, the best structural equation model of coping as a potential predictor of well-being, as measured by Ryff’s well-being scales. Problem-focused coping positively predicted a significant portion of variance in well-being, while emotion-focused coping negatively predicted well-being. Religion as a coping strategy did not end up in the final model. The results’ impact within the literature on youth well-being is discussed. It was concluded that young people do not typically use religion or magical thinking as coping strategies, and the use of negative auto-focused coping was associated with lower problem-focused coping.


Youth Well-being Coping strategies Structural equation modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa Mayordomo-Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Juan Carlos Meléndez-Moral
    • 1
  • Paz Viguer-Segui
    • 1
  • Alicia Sales-Galán
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain

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