Relationships between Personality and Coping with Stress: An Investigation in Swedish Police Trainees


The aim was to investigate relationships between personality characteristics derived from Cloninger’s personality theory and ways of coping. We investigated 103 police trainees by the Temperament and Character Inventory and Ways of Coping Checklist. There were several particularities characterising trainees within various personality profiles relating to coping. Each WoC scale was significantly predicted by varying personality subscales with temperament subscales mainly contributing to the prediction. Only personality domains harm avoidance, reward dependence, and self directedness could significantly be predicted by coping scales. Some coping behaviours often jointly occur depending on the specific stressful situation; and these combinations are related to particular personality trait constellations.

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Richter, J. , Lauritz, L. , Preez, E. , Cassimjee, N. & Ghazinour, M. (2013). Relationships between Personality and Coping with Stress: An Investigation in Swedish Police Trainees. Psychology, 4, 88-95. doi: 10.4236/psych.2013.42012.

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