International Journal of Stress Management

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 61-70

First online:

The Brief Stress and Coping Inventory: A Useful Stress Management Instrument

  • Richard H. RaheAffiliated withNevada Stress Center, V.A. Sierra Nevada Health Care System
  • , Robbyn L. TollesAffiliated withNevada Stress Center, V.A. Sierra Nevada Health Care System

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The Brief Stress and Coping Inventory (BSCI) was designed to gather stress and coping information from an individual in 15 minutes, compared to a nearly 1-hour completion time required for the parent instrument. All BSCI scales are described, along with our scoring methodology. Intercorrelations between scales are presented. Reliability and validity estimates were seen to be satisfactory to highly satisfactory. A multiple regression analysis identified 3 out of 8 scales that contributed significantly and uniquely to an optimal predictive equation for illness symptoms (R = .70). Frequency distributions of group results, which greatly help work site managers to understand results from stress management programs, are illustrated.

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