Coping strategies used by students play important role in their psychological wellbeing. The purpose of this study is to identify the effect of coping strategies on the psychological well-being of rural poor students in Sabah. The respondents of this study were 430 students aged 13 to 18 from several rural schools throughout Sabah. The study use Coping Strategy Inventory Scale (CSI-S) to measure coping strategies and Ryff Scales of Psychological Well-Being to measure the psychological well-being of students. Three domains of coping strategies have a positive influence on psychological well-being of rural poor students are problem solving, cognitive restructuring and social support. While the other two domains, self-criticism and social-withdrawal have negative effects on psychological well-being. This study provides information to various parties, especially students, parents, teachers, researchers and authorities on the importance of emotional intelligence towards the psychological well-being of poor rural students in Sabah.
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