This research was supported by Grant #RO1 DA-07903 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Grant #R01 MH 49958 from the National Institute of Mental Health, both to the second author. We thank the participants of these two studies and the research staff of the Health Risk Reduction Projects at UCLA who worked on these projects. Finally, we thank our collaborators at the recruitment sites: Jeffrey M. Birnbaum, Kings County Hospital/SUNY Health Science Center; Donna Futterman, Montefiore Medical Center; Danny Jenkins, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center; Michael Kennedy, Larkin Street Youth Center, San Francisco; Michele Kipke, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles; and Linda Levin, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York. William Marelich is now at California State University, Fullerton.
Factor Structure of a Coping Scale Across Two Samples1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 627–647, March 2003
How to Cite
Murphy, D. A., Rotheram-Borus, M. J. and Marelich, W. D. (2003), Factor Structure of a Coping Scale Across Two Samples. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33: 627–647. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2003.tb01916.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were used to assess the structure of a coping with illness scale. Two HIV-positive samples from different geographical areas were used to verify the underlying factor structure: a sample of 320 young adults (M age = 20.9 years; 72% males) and a second sample of 273 older adults (M= 38.1 years; 81% females). Exploratory results with the young adult sample assuming correlated factors showed 7 reliable factors; CFA results supported these findings in that sample. Confirmation of the 7 derived subscales using the adult sample was found using CFA, although 2 subscale reliabilities were just below .50. Correlations between the 7 sub-scales and other scales used for construct validation were generally as predicted. Coping similarities and differences between HIV-infected young adult and adult populations are discussed.