Coping Scale


Available in Dutch and English; 29 items.

The Coping Scale is a self-report for children, modified based on the Self-Report Coping Scale (SRCS; Causey and Dubow 1992; Kochendefer-Ladd and Skinner 2002). Children are asked what they would do if something bad happens. Two different coping strategies are assessed: Approach (e.g., “I tell a family member or a friend what has happened”; “I try to find a solution for the problem”) and Avoidant (e.g., “I’ll do something that makes me forget the problem”; “I would say that I don’t care”). The responses are scored on a 5-point scale: 1 = not at all; 2 = hardly ever; 3 = sometimes; 4 = most of the time; 5 = all the time.

Wright, M., Banerjee, R., Hoek, W., Rieffe, C., & Novin, S. (2010). Depression and social anxiety in children: Differential links with coping strategies. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 405-419.

Pouw, L.B.C., Rieffe, C., Stockmann, L., & Gadow, K.D. (2013). The link between emotion regulation, social functioning, and depression in boys with ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 549-556.


Here you can download different versions of the Coping Scale:

Dutch vesrion: PDF icoon

English version: PDF icoon

Syntax to compute the subscales: PDF icoon


Please note that we currently do not have norm scores or cut-off scores for our questionnaires. Read Frequently Asked Questions for more details. 

Questions about this questionnaire can be mailed to Yung-Ting Tsou, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..