International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Educational Psychology | Malaysia | Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024


Coping Style as a Mediator between Adult Attachment Styles and Social Anxiety in College Students from Gansu, China

Wang Qinchao | Tajul Rosli bin Shuib


Abstract: In an endeavor to understand the intricate relationships between adult attachment styles, coping mechanisms, and social anxiety among Chinese college students, this research was conducted in Gansu, China, with a robust sample size of 1,731 participants. A quantitative research design was employed, leveraging the Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM) technique to juxtapose an "Estimated Model" with an ideal "Saturated Model". The instruments selected for this study were the 24-item Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS), the 18-item Adult Attachment Scale (AAS Revised Version), and the 62-item Coping Style Questionnaire (CSQ) developed by Xiao Jihua and Xu Xiufeng in 1996. Findings underscored a significant correlation between adult attachment and social anxiety levels, while also drawing attention to the direct influence exerted by coping styles, contrary to our mediation hypothesis. The study's revelations suggest cultural specificities inherent to the Gansu province. The insights garnered not only augment the academic literature but also proffer pragmatic recommendations for mental health interventions. By encapsulating the psychological intricacies of Chinese college students, this research amplifies the importance of integrating cultural insights into psychological paradigms.


Keywords: Coping Mechanisms, Mediators, Adult Attachment Styles, Social Anxiety, and College Students


Edition: Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024,


Pages: 67 - 74


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