Thesis Title: Self-Doubt, Lack of Communication and Coping Styles in Adolescents

Student Name: Amna Zahoor Hashmi

Supervisor: Faiz Younas

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The current study aimed to explore the relationship among self-doubt, communication competence and coping styles in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there would be a significant positive relationship between self-doubt and unhealthy coping (emotion oriented coping, avoidance coping) while there would be a significant negative relationship between communication competence (strangers, acquaintances, friends) and unhealthy coping. Also, self-doubt and communication competence would positively predict unhealthy coping. Cross-sectional correlation research design and purposive sampling strategy was used to recruit sample of (N = 110) including (n = 55 male and n = 55 female) (M = 13.90, SD = 1.26) adolescents from two private schools of Lahore, namely Allied school and The Punjab school. A self-constructed Demographics Information Sheet, The Self-Doubt Scale (Oleson et al, 2000), The Self Perceived Communication Competence Scale (McCroskey and McCroskey, 1988) and Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (Endler and Parker, 1999) were used to assess the study variables. Results were generated by applying Pearson product moment correlation and Simple linear regression analysis through SPSS version 21.0, which showed a significant positive relationship between self-doubt, and emotion oriented coping while communication competence with strangers had a significant negative relationship between emotion oriented coping. Also, self-doubt positively predicted the emotion oriented coping while communication competence with strangers negatively predicated the emotion oriented coping. This study can be helpful in in understanding of association and prediction of study variables which can be further employed in research and counseling services.

Keywords: Self-doubt, communication competence, coping styles, adolescents.