International Journal of Stress Management

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 61–70

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

  • Richard H. Rahe
  • Robbyn L. Tolles

DOI: 10.1023/A:1014950618756

Cite this article as:
Rahe, R.H. & Tolles, R.L. International Journal of Stress Management (2002) 9: 61. doi:10.1023/A:1014950618756


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.

life stress stress management coping questionnaires 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard H. Rahe
    • 1
  • Robbyn L. Tolles
    • 1
  1. 1.Nevada Stress CenterV.A. Sierra Nevada Health Care SystemReno

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