Psychometric Properties Of The Adolescent Coping For Problem Experiences (A-COPE) Instrument

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163819
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Psychometric Properties Of The Adolescent Coping For Problem Experiences (A-COPE) Instrument
Author(s):
Cameron, Mary
Author Details:
Mary Cameron, Rutgers University - Camden, Nursing Program, Camden, New Jersey, USA, email: mecamero@crab.rutgers.edu
Abstract:
PURPOSE: The purpose of this research was to: 1) examine the reliability of the subscales and items that comprise the A-COPE, 2) examine the factor structure of the A-COPE, and 3) explore what coping behaviors may not be currently measured by the A-COPE. RESEARCH QUESTIONS: 1) Is the A-COPE a valid and reliable instrument to measure adolescent coping behaviors? 2) Can the A-COPE be used in younger children with confidence? FRAMEWORK: McCubbin and McCubbin's Double ABCX model. METHODS: Methods used were repeated administration of the A-COPE (N=200) with reliabilities and factor analysis of the item results. A literature review for other published results and analyses using the A-COPE as well as a qualitative interview of mother-child dyads (N=8) to identify possible additional coping behaviors was also done. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The A-COPE's degree of reliability as reported by the instrument's authors was not replicated. No significant differences were found between reliabilities for adolescent and school-age children (ages 8-12 years). A new factor structure was identified that is more parsimonious with the data. Past studies with factor analysis used the existing subscales, not the individual items. Although not a widely reported instrument, the A-COPE needs to be more critically evaluated and revised if it is to gain widespread acceptance. IMPLICATIONS: Behavioral scales, to be used effectively and to achieve accurate descriptions, need to be periodically evaluated for the changing times the twenty-first century presents. An aim of nursing is to assist clients to manage their diagnoses as effectively as possible. To identify accurately and realistically measure their behaviors, instruments, such as the A-COPE, are used. We must look at these instruments and ask not only are they reliable and valid, but can they be adapted to meet the current environments in which clients find themselves?
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2001
Conference Name:
ENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePsychometric Properties Of The Adolescent Coping For Problem Experiences (A-COPE) Instrumenten_GB
dc.contributor.authorCameron, Maryen_US
dc.author.detailsMary Cameron, Rutgers University - Camden, Nursing Program, Camden, New Jersey, USA, email: mecamero@crab.rutgers.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163819-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: The purpose of this research was to: 1) examine the reliability of the subscales and items that comprise the A-COPE, 2) examine the factor structure of the A-COPE, and 3) explore what coping behaviors may not be currently measured by the A-COPE. RESEARCH QUESTIONS: 1) Is the A-COPE a valid and reliable instrument to measure adolescent coping behaviors? 2) Can the A-COPE be used in younger children with confidence? FRAMEWORK: McCubbin and McCubbin's Double ABCX model. METHODS: Methods used were repeated administration of the A-COPE (N=200) with reliabilities and factor analysis of the item results. A literature review for other published results and analyses using the A-COPE as well as a qualitative interview of mother-child dyads (N=8) to identify possible additional coping behaviors was also done. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The A-COPE's degree of reliability as reported by the instrument's authors was not replicated. No significant differences were found between reliabilities for adolescent and school-age children (ages 8-12 years). A new factor structure was identified that is more parsimonious with the data. Past studies with factor analysis used the existing subscales, not the individual items. Although not a widely reported instrument, the A-COPE needs to be more critically evaluated and revised if it is to gain widespread acceptance. IMPLICATIONS: Behavioral scales, to be used effectively and to achieve accurate descriptions, need to be periodically evaluated for the changing times the twenty-first century presents. An aim of nursing is to assist clients to manage their diagnoses as effectively as possible. To identify accurately and realistically measure their behaviors, instruments, such as the A-COPE, are used. We must look at these instruments and ask not only are they reliable and valid, but can they be adapted to meet the current environments in which clients find themselves?en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:14:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:14:24Z-
dc.conference.date2001en_US
dc.conference.nameENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlantic City, New Jersey, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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