Coping Strategy Indicator (CSI)

Listed below are several possible ways of coping. We would like you to indicate to what extent you‚ yourself‚ used each of these coping methods. All of your responses will remain anonymous.
Try to think of one problem you have encountered in the last six months or so. This should be a problem that was important to you‚ and that caused you to worry (anything from the loss of a loved one to a traffic fine‚ but one that was important to you).
Please describe this problem in a few words (remember‚ your answer will be kept anonymous): ____________________________________________________________
Did you remember to write down your problem? If not‚ please do so before going on.
Keeping that stressful event in mind‚ indicate to what extent you……
1. Let your feelings out to a friend?
2. Rearranged things around you so that your problem had the best chance of being resolved? 3. Brainstormed all possible solutions before deciding what to do?
4. Tried to distract yourself from the problem?
5. Accepted sympathy and understanding from someone?
6. Did all you could to keep others from seeing how bad things really were?
7. Talked to people about the situation because talking about it helped you to feel better?
8. Set some goals for yourself to deal with the Situation?
9. Weighed your options very carefully?
10. Daydreamed about better times?
11. Tried different ways to solve the problem until you found one that worked?
12. Confided your fears and worries to a friend or relative?
13. Spent more time than usual alone?
14. Told people about the situation because just talking about it helped you to come up with solutions?
15. Thought about what needed to be done to straighten things out?
16. Turned your full attention to solving the problem?
17. Formed a plan of action in your mind?
18. Watched television more than usual?
19. Went to someone (friend or professional) in order to help you feel better?
20. Stood firm and fought for what you wanted in the situation
21. Avoided being with people in general?
22. Buried yourself in a hobby or sports activity to avoid the problem?
23. Went to a friend to help you feel better about the problem?
24. Went to a friend for advice on how to change the situation?
25. Accepted sympathy and understanding from friends who had the same problem?
26. Slept more than usual?
27. Fantasised about how things could have been different?
28. Identified with ch‎aracters in novels or movies?
29. Tried to solve the problem?
30. Wished that people would just leave you alone?
31. Accepted help from a friend or relative?
32. Sought reassurance from those who know you best?
33. Tried to carefully plan a course of action rather than acting on impulse?
This instrument can be found pages 59-63 of Compendium of Clinical Measures for Community Rehabilitation‚ available online at:
a lot=3‚ a little=2‚ not at all=1
Problem Solving: 11-16 Very low‚ 16-21 Low‚ 21-31 Average‚ more than31 High‚ Very High
Seeking Social Support: less than13 Very low‚ 13-18 Low‚ 18-28 Average‚ 28-33 High‚ more than 33 Very High
Avoidance: less than11 Very low‚ 11-15 Low‚ 15-23 Average‚ 23-27 High‚ more than 27 Very High

Amirkhan‚ J 1990‚ „A Factor Analytically Derived Measure of Coping: The Coping Strategy Indicator‟‚ Journal of Personality & Social Psychology‚ vol. 59‚ no. 5‚ pp. 1066-1074.

Amirkhan ‚ J 1994‚ „Criterion validity of a coping measure‟‚ Journal of Personality Assessment‚ vol. 62‚ no. 2‚ pp. 242-61.