THEORETICAL ISSUES IN THE MEASUREMENT OF COPING IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DEALING WITH CANCER

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165275
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
THEORETICAL ISSUES IN THE MEASUREMENT OF COPING IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DEALING WITH CANCER
Author(s):
Haase, Joan; Lewis, Frances; Kintner, Eileen; Decker, Carol; Fletcher, Kristin
Author Details:
Joan Haase, RN, MS, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Frances Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN; Eileen Kintner, PhD, RN; Carol Decker, MSW, PhD C; Kristin Fletcher, MS
Abstract:
The purpose of this paper is to report on a triangulation analysis of two scales used with children and adolescents with dealing cancer: KIDCOPE and the Jaloweic Coping Scales. Psychosocial adjustment of children and adolescents requires the development of a repertoire of coping strategies. Coping is frequently evaluated using scales and subscales that classify coping according to the types of strategies used and their perceived effectiveness. While there is some agreement about which broad classes of coping lead to adjustment, little work has been done to examine the items, scales, and subscales to identify those that are most likely to lead to positive outcomes. Frequently, items that are ambiguously adaptive/positive or maladaptive/avoidant are included in the same subscale, making it difficult to predict how classes of coping strategies influence outcomes. Samples used to examine the Jaloweic Coping Scale were newly diagnosed adolescents with cancer (n-74) and 70 adolescent survivors (n=70). The sample used to evaluate KIDCOPE was 126 children (8 to 12 years of age) who had mothers with breast cancer. In addition to usual ways of evaluating psychometric properties, such as item-to-total correlations, Cronbach alpha reliabilities and alpha if item deleted, and factor analysis, we report on a qualitative analysis of each item in light of the quantitative findings and we report on examination of factor structures using alternative theoretical perspectives of coping. Alternative factor structures ranging from 2 to 8 conceptual groupings were evaluated for theoretical meaning at the sub-scale and item level. In addition, issues of measurement, including use of an identified stressful situation about which responses are requested, use of two-part use and effectiveness scaling, and issues of analysis when some coping items are not used by any participants are discussed. The limitations to measuring and classifying coping strategies of children and adolescents need to be addressed to understand the influence of coping on psychosocial outcomes. A triangulation approach has rarely been used to evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of measures. Theoretical and conceptual clarity may be enhanced and validity of measures when a triangulated approach is used.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2005
Conference Name:
30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Orlando, Florida, USA
Sponsors:
Funding Sources: Enhancing Connections: Helping the mother with breast cancer parent her child. (Lewis, PI) NIH, NCI, 1 RO1 CA7824-01A10.Resilience and Quality of Life in Adolescents with Cancer (Haase, PI) NIH, NINR1R29 NR03882-01A1
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTHEORETICAL ISSUES IN THE MEASUREMENT OF COPING IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DEALING WITH CANCERen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHaase, Joanen_US
dc.contributor.authorLewis, Francesen_US
dc.contributor.authorKintner, Eileenen_US
dc.contributor.authorDecker, Carolen_US
dc.contributor.authorFletcher, Kristinen_US
dc.author.detailsJoan Haase, RN, MS, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Frances Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN; Eileen Kintner, PhD, RN; Carol Decker, MSW, PhD C; Kristin Fletcher, MSen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165275-
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this paper is to report on a triangulation analysis of two scales used with children and adolescents with dealing cancer: KIDCOPE and the Jaloweic Coping Scales. Psychosocial adjustment of children and adolescents requires the development of a repertoire of coping strategies. Coping is frequently evaluated using scales and subscales that classify coping according to the types of strategies used and their perceived effectiveness. While there is some agreement about which broad classes of coping lead to adjustment, little work has been done to examine the items, scales, and subscales to identify those that are most likely to lead to positive outcomes. Frequently, items that are ambiguously adaptive/positive or maladaptive/avoidant are included in the same subscale, making it difficult to predict how classes of coping strategies influence outcomes. Samples used to examine the Jaloweic Coping Scale were newly diagnosed adolescents with cancer (n-74) and 70 adolescent survivors (n=70). The sample used to evaluate KIDCOPE was 126 children (8 to 12 years of age) who had mothers with breast cancer. In addition to usual ways of evaluating psychometric properties, such as item-to-total correlations, Cronbach alpha reliabilities and alpha if item deleted, and factor analysis, we report on a qualitative analysis of each item in light of the quantitative findings and we report on examination of factor structures using alternative theoretical perspectives of coping. Alternative factor structures ranging from 2 to 8 conceptual groupings were evaluated for theoretical meaning at the sub-scale and item level. In addition, issues of measurement, including use of an identified stressful situation about which responses are requested, use of two-part use and effectiveness scaling, and issues of analysis when some coping items are not used by any participants are discussed. The limitations to measuring and classifying coping strategies of children and adolescents need to be addressed to understand the influence of coping on psychosocial outcomes. A triangulation approach has rarely been used to evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of measures. Theoretical and conceptual clarity may be enhanced and validity of measures when a triangulated approach is used.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:15:38Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:15:38Z-
dc.conference.date2005en_US
dc.conference.name30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationOrlando, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding Sources: Enhancing Connections: Helping the mother with breast cancer parent her child. (Lewis, PI) NIH, NCI, 1 RO1 CA7824-01A10.Resilience and Quality of Life in Adolescents with Cancer (Haase, PI) NIH, NINR1R29 NR03882-01A1-
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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