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study that was recently completed by MS
and Amanda Sizemore
. This project
used a sample of Villanova undergraduate students to
investigate variation in the expression of personality traits and coping
styles across two social contexts.
Specifically, the researchers are examining whether
students see themselves differently while living on campus at Villanova as compared to
when they are home. To do this, they collected
self-reports from the students that were contextualized to the
home and school settings. Additionally, the students'
parents and peers provided ratings of the
students' coping styles and personality traits. If trait
or coping style differences are seen across contexts in the students'
self-reports, then the validity of these differences can be
tested using the ratings of informants from the two contexts
(parents at home; peers at school).
The results of
this study will provide a greater understanding of the stability
of personality across social roles and settings and whether
traits and coping styles differ with regard to the strength of