Ferlis Bin Bullare @ Bahari, Rosnah Ismail, Lailawati Madlan@Endalan, Surianti Lajuma


The purpose of this paper is to explore the types of coping strategies to overcome daily obstacles and depression which are practicing by secondary school students in Sabah. Specifically, this survey study is conducted to 1) compare the types of coping strategies and depression based on the gender and the educational  level  of  students,  2)  the  relationship  between  the  types  of coping  strategies  and depression levels. A total of 2746 students ranging from 13 to 19 years old from 18 secondary schools in Sabah had been chosen as respondents.  The Adolescent  Coping  Scale  (ACS)  (1993)  is  used  to measure  the  coping  strategies  of  students  and  the  Beck  Depression  Index-II  (BDI-II)  (1996)  is  to measure  the  students’  level of  depression.  Data  collected  were analyzed  using  descriptive  statistics (frequencies,  percentage,  mean  and  standard  deviation)  while  the  independent  sample  t-test  and Pearson  correlation were  used to  test  the  inferential  statistics.  The  result  indicated  that  there  were differences  in  types  of  coping  strategies  between  gender  and  educational  level  (i.e.  Lower secondary and upper secondary). Result  also  showed  that  there  was  a  significant  relationship  between  coping strategies  with  the  students’  level  of  depression.  Hence,  several  implications  and  suggestions  are highlighted in this paper.

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