Dr. Eric Landrum
The present research attempted to examine if coping techniques were used by individuals to help reduce stress, did it reduce stress and also if there was a significant difference in usage between males and females. The participants surveyed indicated that there was a general neutral feeling towards using coping techniques. There was not a significant difference between males and females. This suggests that there is not an overall high use of coping techniques or there maybe other methods used by the individuals. Gender did not seem to play a role in using coping techniques when coping with stress brought on by gossip. Further study would need to be made to see what the other methods are with coping with the stress of gossip. The importance of this study is to create awareness for deeper research into gossip and the specific techniques used for dealing with stress, therefore, creating heightened awareness and a better understanding of how gossip is dealt with individually.