Misconceptions of group norms concerning coping are a risk for negative social interaction: A cross-sectional study using the vignette method

Hiroshi Morimoto, Naoko Ayabe, Hironori Shimada, Rui Hashimoto

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    Greater use of a norm-violating coping strategy relates to higher risk of negative social interactions and to higher distress. We examined the factors that are linked to the use of a norm-violating coping strategy and those that moderate the relationship between the coping strategy used and social interaction. Results of a cross-sectional survey for 74 Japanese undergraduate students and 68 Japanese workers indicated that, in a group with frequent contact, misconceptions about group norms concerning coping strategy relate to more negative social interactions. To draw causal inferences, a replication study with a large sample from heterogeneous cultural backgrounds is necessary.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-151
    Number of pages9
    JournalMental Health and Prevention
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015



    • Behavioral Inhibition System (BIS) Sensitivity
    • Coping
    • Distress
    • Social interaction
    • Sociocultural context
    • The Behavioral Activation System (BAS) Sensitivity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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