The most common coping styles were inhibited, sensitive, and cooperative: the least common were forceful, introversive, and sociable. The most effective styles were cooperative and sensitive: the least effective were forceful and introversive (Alberts, Lyons, & Anderson, 1988).
The first two dimensions focus on modification of the situation, a Type A coping response. The second two focus on modifying the meaning of the situation, a Type B coping response. The third two focus on modifying the stress of the situation, also a Type B response.
The daughters seemed to feel the most burdened, possibly because many were just finishing raising their own children and had other family or career responsibilities. They rated help-seeking and respite time as more desirable and effective than either of the other two groups (Quayhagen & Quayhagen, 1988). Thus, the husbands and daughters are more prone to the Type A coping response style, while the wives lean more toward Type B, although this is not to say that coping strategies from the other type are excluded from the behavioral repertoire of any group.