Sex Roles

, Volume 46, Issue 5–6, pp 149–158 | Cite as

Predictors of Coping with Work Stress: The Influences of Sex, Gender Role, Social Desirability, and Locus of Control

  • Irene Gianakos


This investigation examined the influence of 4 personal attributes—sex, gender role, social desirability, and locus of control—as predictors of coping with work stress. Participants were 208 employed adult students (154 females and 54 males), primarily European Americans (90.4%) from working-class backgrounds. Theresults indicated that men were more likely to use alcohol and women more likely to use direct action. Femininity and/or masculinity scores predicted control-related coping butwere unrelated to escape-related coping. High social desirability scores predicted direct action coping, whereas low scores predicted alcohol use. In terms of locus of control, an internal orientation predicted help-seeking and positive thinking, a powerful others orientation predicted avoidance/resignation, and a chance orientation predicted alcohol use.

coping stress social desirability locus of control 


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  • Irene Gianakos
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentKent State UniversityWarren

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