Perceived Powerlessness as a Mediator between Life Stressors and Deviant Behaviors

Pamela Black, Helen M. Hendy

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Abstract

The Threat Appraisal and Coping Theory suggest that when facing life stressors, individuals may perceive that they are powerless to change them, which may prompt “maladaptive coping” deviant behaviors. The present study examined the relationship between 5 types of deviant behavior and perceived powerlessness, and whether powerlessness served as a mediator between life stressors and deviance. Money stress and powerlessness increased risk for watching porn, cross-dressing, hoarding, and medication misuse. Work stress and powerlessness significantly increased risk for watching porn, cross-dressing, and medication misuse. Family stress and powerlessness increased risk for watching porn, cross-dressing, disordered eating, hoarding, and medication misuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1080-1089
Number of pages10
JournalDeviant Behavior
Volume40
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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