Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS-21)

1. Take some time off and get away from the situation (A) *
2. Focus on the problem and see how I can solve it (T)
3. Blame myself for ha‎ving gotten into this situation (E)
4. Treat myself to a favorite food or snack (A)
5. Feel anxious about not being able to cope (E)
6. Think about how I solved similar problems (T)
7. Visit a friend (A)
8. Determine a course of action and follow it (T)
9. Buy myself something (A)
10. Blame myself for being too emotional about the situation (E)
11. Work to understand the situation (T)
12. Become very upset (E)
13. Take corrective action immediately (T)
14. Blame myself for not knowing what to do (E)
15. Spend time with a special person (A)
16. Think about the event and learn from my mistakes (T)
17. Wish that I could change what had happened or how I felt (E)
18. Go out for a snack or meal (A)
19. Analyze my problem before reacting (T)
20. Focus on my general inadequacies (E)
21. Phone a friend (A)
T = Task-oriented coping
E = Emotion-oriented coping
A = Avoidance coping
* On the basis of our results it is suggested to exclude this item from the scale ‘Avoidance coping’ in samples of adolescents and young adults.
 
 
 
This instrument can be found on page 103 of “The social position of adolescents and young adults with chronic digestive disorders”‚ available online at:  http://dspace.library.uu.nl/bitstream/handle/1874/497/full.pdf?sequence=2
 
 
(1) “not at all” to (5) “very much”
 

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