The purpose of the current study was to investigate the reliability and validity of the Adapted Coping Operations Preference Enquiry (COPE) Scale with deaf college students. The Adapted COPE identifies15 strategies for managing stresors. 117 deaf college students from Gallaudet University, between the ages of 18 and 25, participated in the present study. When used with this sample, the majority of the Adapted COPE subscales evidenced high or moderate internal consistency reliability, except for the Mental Disengagement and Active Coping subscales. To investigate structural validity, principle component analysis was conducted utilizing quartimax rotation. Initial analyses retained 17 factors and failed to replicate the intended subscale structure of the measure. Post-hoc t-tests indicated that responses to the Original COPE by hearing participants and the Adapted COPE by deaf participants were largely similar, except for the Substance Use subscale, with significantly higher mean scores in the deaf sample. This suggests that the psychometric analyses of the original COPE scale indicate a need for additional restructuring of the measure.
Wolf Craig, K., Crisologo, A., Anderson, M., Sutton, N., & Leigh, I. W. (2019). Reliability and Validity of the Adapter COPE Scale with Deaf College Students. JADARA, 44(3). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol44/iss3/5