The factor structure of the COPE Questionnaire in a sample of clinically depressed and anxious adults

Pang, Jasmine, Strodl, Esben, & Oei, Tian-Po (2012) The factor structure of the COPE Questionnaire in a sample of clinically depressed and anxious adults. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

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Abstract

The Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced is a multidimensional scale designed to assess how people respond to stress. The COPE has been validated in a variety of populations displaying variations in factor structure. However, in terms of mental health populations, it has only been validated in alcohol-dependent samples. This paper investigated the factor structure of the COPE in a sample of adults diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Two hundred and seventy-one patients attending cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety and depression completed the COPE. Confirmatory factor analysis found a poor fit for both lower order and higher order factors based upon the Lyne and Roger (2000) study. Exploratory factor analyses identified six primary subscales (Active Planning, Social Support, Denial, Acceptance, Disengagement, Restraint) which explained approximately 60% of the variance in coping. These 6 subscales may assist researchers and clinicians to validly measure coping in anxious and depressed adults.

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ID Code: 56670
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: COPE Questionnaire, Assessment, Anxiety, depression, coping
DOI: 10.1007/s10862-012-9328-z
ISSN: 1573-3505
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2013 22:47
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:28

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