A longitudinal investigation of coping and life satisfaction in adolescents.

Runa Saha, University of South Carolina


This study examined longitudinal relationships between adolescent coping (social support seeking, self-reliance/problem solving, distancing, internalizing, and externalizing), global life satisfaction (GLS), and friend satisfaction (FR LS). A total of 1011 students in grades 7-8 at a southeastern middle school completed the Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (Huebner, 1991), the friend subscale of the Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS; Huebner 1994), and the Self Report Coping Scale (SRCS; Causey & Dubow, 1992) on two occasions, five months apart. Analyses indicated that social support seeking at Time 1 predicted higher GLS and higher FR LS at Time 2. Implications of these findings were discussed.