Individual differences in coping with crowding: Stimulus screening and social overload

Andrew Baum, Lisa E. Calesnick, Glenn E. Davis, Robert J. Gatchel

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Individual differences in response to crowded residential settings were studied by examining the mediating effects of screening tendencies on 214 college dormitory residents' response to high-density settings. Screening was conceptualized as part of a coping style in which social events are structured and ranked by priority. Ss who displayed this deliberate coping style were more successful in adapting to the crowded environment and showed fewer of the effects previously identified with high social density (e.g., fatigue or psychosomatic complaints) than were Ss who did not display screening. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-830
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1982


  • stimulus screening as coping behavior, response to dormitory crowding, college dormitory residents


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