THE BIG-FIVE PERSONALITY MODEL, COPING-STRATEGIES, AND DAILY STRESSORS OF THE INDONESIAN INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA
Darmanegara, A.L., National University of Singapore, Singapore and Jin, P. and Low, R., University of New South Wales-Sydney, Australia
The Big-Five Personality trait, coping strategies, and different sorts of daily stressor, as well as their relationships, were examined among 350 Indonesian international students studying in Sydney. Based on previous findings, the present study hypothesized the existence of certain associations between five major domains of personality trait (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Openness to experience, and Conscientiousness) and coping strategies. The predictions of coping-strategies and daily stressors relationships were also tested. As expected, the present findings replicated the relationships of personality trait and coping strategies in samples of Western ethnic background. Gender also plays a role in selection of coping. Different sorts of stressors were found to be indicative of differences in coping adopted. This study contributed a reduced path model delineating "classical" relationships between personality trait and coping and "logical causal" relationships between daily stressors and coping strategies adopted.