Self-blame and stress in undergraduate college students: The mediating role of proactive coping

Casey L. Straud, Mary McNaughton-Cassill

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Objective: This study aimed to examine the mediating relationship of proactive coping on self-blame and stress among US undergraduate college students. Participants: The sample of undergraduate college students (n = 261) were recruited through their Introduction to Psychology course and registered for the study through a research-based computer program utilized at the university in the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters. Methods: Participants voluntarily completed a battery of self-report questionnaires that measured self-blame, proactive coping, and stress. Correlation and regression-based mediation analyses were utilized to address the study objectives. Demographic differences were explored using comparative analyses. Results: Proactive coping was identified as a mediator between self-blame and stress. Correlation analyses revealed self-blame, proactive coping, and stress were interrelated with one another. Ethnicity differences were observed on proactive coping. Conclusions: Proactive coping mediated the relationship between self-blame and stress and was negatively related to the other included behavioral constructs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 19 2019


  • College health
  • college students
  • mental health
  • proactive coping
  • self-blame
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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