Coping Scale


Available in Dutch and English; 34 items.

The Coping Scale is a self-report for children, modified based on the Self-Report Coping Scale (SRCS; Causey and Dubow 1992; Kochendefer-Ladd and Skinner 2002). Children are asked what they would do if something bad happens. Six different coping strategies are assessed: problem solving, seeking social support, externalizing, internalizing, distraction, and trivializing. The responses are scored on a 3-point scale: 1 = never; 2 = sometimes; 3 = always.

Wright, M., Banerjee, R., Hoek, W., Rieffe, C., & Novin, S. (2010). Depression and social anxiety in children: Differential links with coping strategies. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 405-419.

Pouw, L.B.C., Rieffe, C., Stockmann, L., & Gadow, K.D. (2013). The link between emotion regulation, social functioning, and depression in boys with ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 549-556.


Here you can download different versions of the Coping Scale:

Dutch vesrion: PDF icoon

English version: PDF icoon

Syntax to compute the subscales: PDF icoon


Please note that we currently do not have norm scores or cut-off scores for our questionnaires. Read Frequently Asked Questions for more details. 

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