Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)




Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology

Committee Director

Desideria Hacker

Committee Member

Darlene Colson

Committee Member

Richard Handel

Committee Member

Robin Lewis

Committee Member

Janice Zeman


The present study examined the roles of coping self-efficacy and coping diversity in moderating the harmful effects of stress in a sample of African American undergraduate college students. An additional purpose of the study was to explore alternative methods of measuring coping diversity. Data were obtained from 162 participants who attended a southeastern Historically Black College/University. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were performed to detect main effects and interaction effects of perceived stress and the two moderator variables, coping self-efficacy and coping diversity, on physical and mental health. Correlational analyses were used to assess the reliability of an alternative measure of coping diversity. Although the proposed alternative measure of coping diversity showed adequate internal consistency, it did not correlate with measures of perceived stress, mental health, physical health, or the original method of measuring coping diversity. Overall, high levels of perceived stress were related to poorer mental and physical health. These relationships were not, however, moderated by coping self-efficacy or coping diversity. Despite the lack of moderation, coping diversity and coping self-efficacy were significantly correlated with health outcomes in undergraduate African American college students.


A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculties of The College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology through the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.


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