The Ways of Coping Checklist (Folkman & Lazarus, 1980) is a 68-item measure which describes a number of thoughts and acts (coping strategies) a person may use to cope with a threatening situation.
Coping was a topic that stimulated a lot of interest in psychological research during the 1960s’ and 1970s’. Folkman and Lazarus (1980) recognized the need for further systematic work in order to understand how coping could operate as a mediator between stress and psychosocial well-being. The coping measurement was also an issue of great importance. These authors did not conceptualize coping as a defensive ego process or as a personality stable trait. They conceptualized coping as a situation-specific concept, namely, as specific thoughts and acts an individual uses to cope with distress when a stressful life event occurs.
Folkman and Lazarus (1980) developed a checklist consisting of “items from the domains of defensive coping (e.g., avoidance, intellectualization,...
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Kolokotroni, F. (2014). Ways of Coping Checklist. In: Michalos, A.C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_3198
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