Coping strategies and behavioral/emotional problems among Chinese adolescents

Xianchen Liu, Jenn-Yun Tein, Zhongtang Zhao

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

60 Scopus citations


This study was carried out to describe strategies used to cope with stress and to explore the association between coping strategies and behavioral/emotional problems in a community sample of adolescents from Mainland China. Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire incorporating the Chinese Trait Coping Style Questionnaire, the Chinese version of the Youth Self-Report of Child Behavior Checklist, and a number of demographic questions. Results indicated that Chinese adolescents often used multiple coping strategies when faced with stress. Principal factor analysis followed by oblique rotation revealed two dimensions of coping strategies in Chinese adolescents: active coping and avoidant coping. A series of logistic regression analyses showed that avoidant coping was significantly associated with increased risk for internalizing and externalizing problems, but active coping was associated with reduced risk, after adjustment for child's age and sex and father's occupation. These findings provide evidence of the association between coping and mental health problems in Chinese adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-285
Number of pages11
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 30 2004


  • Adolescents
  • Behavioral problems
  • Coping
  • Emotional problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


Dive into the research topics of 'Coping strategies and behavioral/emotional problems among Chinese adolescents'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this