Career coping and subjective well-being among university employees

Bonkamile E. Odirile, Elias Mpofu, Mercy R. Montsi

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We examined coping strategies by higher education employees to handle work stress as differentiated by personnel variables. We further examined levels of subjective well-being (SWB) in the same employees. Sixty-three higher education employees participated (males = 30; females = 33; mean age = 41.3 years). The participants completed the Coping Orientation to the Problems Experienced (COPE) survey, which measures different behaviours and cognitive activities one may engage in to cope with stress. They also completed the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) which is a measure of subjective well-being (SWB). Academic staff used problem-solving coping strategies more than administrative or support staff did. Both academic and support staff had a greater use of avoidance coping strategies than would be expected in a knowledge-based learning community. Senior staff had higher SWB as did staff with higher qualifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-257
Number of pages11
JournalPerspectives in Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Avoidance coping strategies
  • Career coping
  • Coping strategies
  • Higher education employees
  • Knowledge-based learning community
  • Subjective well-being
  • University employees
  • Work stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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