Romantic relationship style, coping, identity development and mental health among Chinese and Australian adolescents

Man Cynthia LEUNG, Wally KARNILOWICZ, Susan MOORE, Ching Leung LUNG

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Abstract

Objective: to examine romantic relationship style, coping strategies, identity development and mental health among Chinese and Australian adolescents. Method: 102 Australian and 179 Chinese tertiary students completed a questionnaire on relationship style, coping strategies, identity development and mental health. Results: cluster analysis resulted in three clusters in terms of romantic relationship styles, identity development and coping strategies (unsure/foreclosure/avoidance strategy, secure/ achievement/self-help strategy, uninterested/diffusion), with the secure group reporting lowest stress scores. There were more Chinese in the first cluster. Conclusions: there were differences in underlying personality substrata between Chinese and Australian adolescents associated with mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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Mental Health
Cluster Analysis
Personality
Students
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Leung, C., Karnilowicz, W., Moore, S., & Lung, C. L. (2008, July). Romantic relationship style, coping, identity development and mental health among Chinese and Australian adolescents. Paper presented at the XXIX International Congress of Psychology, International Congress Centrum, Berlin, Germany.