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Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations

Norman Endler, Ph.D., F.R.S.C. 
James D.A. Parker, Ph.D.

Technical Information

The combined sample for the CISS consisted of 2,898 individuals and included general population adolescents and adults, college students, correctional populations, psychiatric inpatients and various occupational groups.

Overall, the alpha coefficients are highly satisfactory across the normative groups. It is important to note that the alphas are slightly lower in the psychometric sample than in the normal sample, although still highly reliable.

In general, test-retest reliabilities were moderate to high for make and female undergraduates. The Task and Emotion scales had the highest reliabilities, above or equal to .68 for males and females.

The avoidance scale and the two subscales of Distraction and Social Diversion had moderate reliabilities ranging from .51 to .60.

In the undergraduate sample, low non-significant correlations were found between the M-C and the CISS scales of Task, Avoidance, Distraction, and Social Diversion for both males and females.
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Author Norman Endler, Ph.D., F.R.S.C. & James D.A. Parker, Ph.D.

Age Range
  • Adolescent: 13–18
  • Adult: 18 and older
Administration Time 10 minutes

Administration Type
  • Self-report
Qualification Level B