The impact of coping and resilience on anxiety among older Australians

Li, Wendy Wen, and Miller, Daniel J. (2017) The impact of coping and resilience on anxiety among older Australians. Australian Journal of Psychology, 69 (4). pp. 263-272.

PDF (Author Accepted Version) - Accepted Version
Download (600kB) | Preview
[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website:


Objective: This study aims to explore the relationships between various coping types, resilience, and anxiety among older Australians. Particular attention is paid to whether resilience moderates coping’s effect on anxiety.

Method: A total of 324 Australians aged between 55 and 90 (M = 66.7, SD = 8.6) were surveyed as part of the study. Moderation was assessed using structural equation modelling and plots of simple slopes.

Results: Significant negative correlations were detected between anxiety and both proactive coping and preventive coping. Higher levels of resilience were associated with lower levels of anxiety. Age moderated both proactive coping and reflective coping's effects on anxiety and gender moderated avoidance coping’s effect on anxiety. Resilience was found to moderate the relationships between proactive coping and anxiety, and instrumental support seeking and anxiety. For those high in resilience, there was little association between anxiety and proactive coping or anxiety and instrumental support seeking. Among low resilience individuals, there was a negative association between proactive coping and anxiety, but a positive association between instrumental support seeking and anxiety.

Conclusion: Resilience, proactive coping, and preventive coping are all important predictors of anxiety among older people. Among those who are low in resilience, proactively coping with stress may be particularly important for good mental health. The results of the study highlight the complexity of the relationship between resilience, coping, and anxiety among older people.

Item ID: 47003
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-9536
Keywords: anxiety, coping skills, moderation, resilience, SEM
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2017 03:34
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520106 Psychology of ageing @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
Downloads: Total: 1135
Last 12 Months: 71
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page