The Situational Version of the Brief COPE: Dimensionality and Relationships With Goal-Related Variables

Dario Monzani, Patrizia Steca, Andrea Greco, Marco D’Addario, Erika Cappelletti, Luca Pancani


This study is aimed at investigating the dimensionality of the situational version of the Brief COPE, a questionnaire that is frequently used to assess a broad range of coping responses to specific difficulties, by comparing five different factor models highlighted in previous studies. It also aimed at exploring the relationships among coping responses, personal goal commitment and progress. The study involved 606 adults (male = 289) ranging in age from 19 to 71. Using confirmatory factor analysis, we compared five models and assessed relationships of coping responses with goal commitment and progress. The results confirmed the theoretical factor structure of the situational Brief COPE. All the 14 dimensions showed acceptable reliability and relationships with goal commitment and progress, attesting the reliability and usefulness of this measure to evaluate coping responses to specific events.


coping; Brief COPE; confirmatory factor analysis; self-regulation theory; personal goals

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