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Three dimensions of coping and a look at their evolutionary origin

Gutiérrez, Fernando, Peri, Josep M., Torres, Xavier, Caseras, Xavier ORCID: and Valdés, Manuel 2007. Three dimensions of coping and a look at their evolutionary origin. Journal of Research in Personality 41 (5) , pp. 1032-1053. 10.1016/j.jrp.2007.01.006

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Serious problems persist concerning the conceptualization and measurement of the coping construct. This study examines the properties and factor structure of the COPE questionnaire, one of the most widely used instruments to measure coping, in a sample of 471 patients. A series of exploratory factor procedures are applied at the item- and scale-level, and the resulting solutions are tested both by their congruence with previously published structures and by confirmatory techniques. Our finding of three robust, generalizable, and parsimonious second-order dimensions—Engagement, Disengagement, and Help-Seeking—challenges the original structure. The results are discussed from an evolutionary perspective, on the assumption that the recognition of coping as the activation of vestigial defenses may make a substantial contribution to clarifying its functions and organization.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coping; Factor analysis; Evolutionary psychology; Psychological adaptation
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0092-6566
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:45

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