Title page for ETD etd-04052008-195424

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hernandez, Brittany Cornell
Author's Email Address bcorne2@lsu.edu, becornell@hotmail.com
URN etd-04052008-195424
Title The Children's Coping Behavior Questionnaire: Development and Validation
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mary L. Kelley Committee Chair
Frank M. Gresham Committee Member
William D. Gouvier Committee Member
  • factor analysis
  • measure development
  • youth coping
Date of Defense 2008-04-01
Availability unrestricted
Coping is defined as the actions and cognitions used to manage stressful demands. As children develop, coping becomes more refined and situation-specific. Children’s coping styles have been found to relate to distress and adjustment. Despite the importance and implications of children’s coping responses, there is no accepted standard in measuring children’s coping. Past research has had to utilize the few measures in existence, despite possible psychometric inadequacies. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop a psychometrically sound self-report measure of coping in children and adolescents. After initial item generation, pilot testing, and item elimination, the data were factor analyzed and reliability and validity data were obtained. Final analyses resulted in a 57-item coping measure with a three-factor solution (Diversion, Ameliorative Coping, and Destructive Coping). The measure showed strong reliability and good preliminary validity data. Results indicate that the Children’s Coping Behavior Questionnaire presents a promising new measure of youth’s coping.
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