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Personality, sense of coherence and the coping of working mothers

Lettie Herbst, Sanet Coetzee, Deléne Visser
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 33, No 3 | a397 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i3.397 | © 2007 Lettie Herbst, Sanet Coetzee, Deléne Visser | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 February 2007 | Published: 19 February 2007

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Lettie Herbst, University of South Africa, South Africa
Sanet Coetzee, University of South Africa, South Africa
Deléne Visser, University of South Africa, South Africa

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The purpose of the study was to examine the relationships between personality dimensions, sense of coherence and coping styles among working mothers. The OPQ, OLQ and COPE questionnaires were administered to 120 married, working mothers. In view of contrasting results obtained by other researchers regarding the dimensionality of the COPE, its factorial validity and internal consistency were assessed. Exploratory factor analysis indicated that the COPE measured five factors with high degrees of internal consistency. Several personality dimensions and sense of coherence variables correlated significantly with the dependent variables (coping styles). It appeared that these independent variables predicted substantial percentages of the variability in the coping styles.


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