McNair Summer Research Program

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Rebekah Wanic

Publication Date

Summer 8-7-2020

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

Personality has been connected to many outcomes, including coping strategies and their effectiveness. Research on birth order has suggested personality differences but there has been little evidence collected to connect birth order, personality and coping. The present study was designed to address this deficit. One hundred and six participants completed a self-report questionnaire designed to identify Big Five personality traits and coping methods. Correlational analysis revealed a significant relationship between emotional stability coping style. Specifically, it was positively associated active and negatively associated with avoidant coping. Contrary to expectation, there was no relationship between birth order and either personality or coping style. The results are discussed in terms of connection with prior work.