Adolescent Coping Orientation for Problem Experience (A-COPE)

When you face difficulties or feel tense‚ how often do you …
1.    Go along with parent’s requests and rules
2.    Read
3.    Try to be funny and make light of it all
4.    Apologize to people
5.    Listen to music-stereo‚ radio
6.    Talk to a teacher or counselor at school about what bothers you
7.    Eat food
8.    Try to stay away from home as much as possible
9.    Use drugs prescribed by doctor
10.Get more involved in activities in school
11.Go shopping‚ buy things you like
12.Try to reason with parents and talk things out‚ compromise
13.Try to improve yourself (get body in shape‚ get better grades‚ etc.)
15.Try to think of the good things in your life
16.Be with a boyfriend or girlfriend
17.Ride around in the car
18.Say nice things to others
19.Get angry and yell at people
20.Joke and keep a sense of humor
21.Talk to a minister/priest/rabbi
22.Let off steam by complaining to family members
23.Go to church
24.Use drugs (not necessarily prescribed by a doctor)
25.Organize your life and what you have to do
27.Work hard on school work or school projects
28.Blame others for what’s going on
29.Be close with someone you care about
30.Try to help other people solve their problems
31.Talk to your mother about what bothers you
32.Try‚ on your own‚ to figure out how to deal with your problems or tension
33.Work on a hobby you have (sewing‚ biking‚ etc.)
34.Get professional counseling (not a school teacher or school counselor)
35.Try to keep up friendships or make new friends
36.Tell yourself the problem(s) is not important
37.Go to a movie
38.Daydream about how you would like things to be
39.Talk to a brother or sister about how you feel
40.Get a job or work harder at one
41.Do things with your family
43.Watch T. V.
45.Try to see the good things in a difficult situation
46.Drink beer‚ wine‚ liquor
47.Try to make your own decisions
49.Say mean things to people‚ be sarcastic
50.Talk to your father about what bothers you
51.Let off steam by complaining to your friends
52.Talk to a friend about how you feel
53.Play video games (Space Invaders‚ Pac-Man)‚ pool‚ pinball‚ etc.
54.Do a strenuous physical activity (jogging‚ biking‚ etc.)
Ventilating feelings‚ seeking diversions‚ developing self-reliance and optimism‚ developingsocial support‚ solving family problems‚ avoiding family problems‚ seeking spiritual support‚investing in close friends‚ seekingprofessional support‚ engaging indemanding activities‚being humorous‚ and relaxing
1 = Never‚ 2= Hardly ever‚ 3= Sometimes‚ 4= Often‚ 5= Most of the time
Reverse-scored items 7‚ 8‚ 19‚ 24‚ 26‚ 28‚ 42‚ 46‚ and 49

Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007 ). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 423-426.


Patterson‚ J. M.‚ McCubbin‚ H. I. (1987).  Adolescent coping style and behaviors: conceptualization and measurement. Journal of Adolescence‚ 10(2)‚ 163-186

Copeland‚ E.P.‚ Hess‚ R.S. (1995). Differences in young adolescents’ coping strategies based on gender and ethnicity. Journal of Early Adolescence‚ .15‚ 203-219 .

Patterson‚ J. M.‚ McCubbin‚ H. I. (1987). Adolescent Coping Orientation for Problem Experience (A-COPE). In Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007 ). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 423-426.

Vliem‚ Sally J. (2009). Adolescent Coping and Family Functioning in the Family of a Child with Autism. University of Michigan‚ Doctoral dissertation

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