Instrument Development

Coping Scale

Quick Overview

  • self-report for children
  • questions ask about responses in the case of something bad happening
  • 6 coping strategies are assessed: problem solving, seeking social support, externalizing, internalizing, distraction, and trivializing
  • response format: 3-point scale (1 = never; 2 = sometimes; 3 = always)
  • based on the Self-Report Coping Scale (SRCS; Causey and Dubow 1992; Kochendefer-Ladd and Skinner 2002)

Publications about the Coping Scale

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.

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Coping Scale [Dutch]

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