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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2020, 3(15); doi: 10.25236/FER.2020.031534.

The Usage of Sublimation and Regression in Stress Coping of High-Stress Students during Covid-19: a Pilot Study with Weibo Expressions


Xiaoyu Wu

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Xiaoyu Wu

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, Beijing, China


This study aims at exploring effective approaches to dealing with high stress during COVID-19 by comparing the popularity and effects of two psychological defense mechanisms - sublimation and regression, through analyzing 100 Weibo posts published by highly stressed groups including undergraduates preparing for graduate school entrance exam, university graduates looking for jobs, high school graduates facing university entrance exam, middle school graduates facing high school entrance exam, and others. The study shows that about 1/5 highly stressed students used regression mechanism and the effectiveness was limited while about 1/2 such students used sublimation mechanism and were able to constructively channel their stress, which led to positive results. However, the latter emotion-focused coping was not able to meet the standard of effective coping which requires a fundamental resolution of the stressors. Therefore, the students, parents and schools all need to work together to help highly stressed students to manage stress and maintain a healthy balance.


Covid-19, Students stress, Coping strategies, Psychological defense mechanism, Sublimation, Regression

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Xiaoyu Wu. The Usage of Sublimation and Regression in Stress Coping of High-Stress Students during Covid-19: a Pilot Study with Weibo Expressions. Frontiers in Educational Research (2020) Vol. 3 Issue 15: 193-202. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2020.031534.


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