2. Coping: The Measurement Debate

  1. Philip J. Dewe,
  2. Michael P. O'Driscoll and
  3. Cary L. Cooper

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711712.ch2

Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique

Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique

How to Cite

Dewe, P. J., O'Driscoll, M. P. and Cooper, C. L. (2010) Coping: The Measurement Debate, in Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711712.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470997666

Online ISBN: 9780470711712



  • coping, the measurement debate;
  • historical review of coping - issues surrounding how it has been defined;
  • measurement issues, leading naturally into classification of strategies;
  • mature defences, promoting better health and well-being than use of immature defences;
  • trait-like properties of coping;
  • common base - between personality and coping;
  • personality and coping, as overlapping constructs - hardly synonymous;
  • construct of coping, embedded in transactional stress process;
  • measurement of coping;
  • coping checklists


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A history and some definitional issues surrounding coping

  • Defining coping and definitional issues

  • The measurement of coping

  • Coping checklists

  • Classifying coping and creating scales