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Coping Skills Assessment


Purpose: COSA assesses a person’s coping skills and his or her predominant methods of coping with stress.


No. of questions: 64

Question type: Self-report

Estimated completion time: 15 minutes

Shorter versions of assessment: N/A


Report Includes:

  • Summary

  • Introduction

  • Graphs

  • Detailed narrative interpretation

  • List of frequently used coping techniques

  • Advice


Factors and Scales:

Overall Score plus 3 factors, divided into 12 scales:

  • Problem-Focused Coping: Refers to ways of handling stress that deal with taking action in order to improve the stressor.

  • Emotion-Focused Coping: Methods of handling stressful situations that entail learning how to deal with the situation emotionally.

  • Empty Coping Strategies/Hang-Ups: Entails “empty” coping strategies that generally will not be helpful in dealing with stressful situations.

12 scales:

  • Problem-Solving

  • Information-Seeking

  • Negotiation

  • Social Support

  • Positive Cognitive Restructuring

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Distraction

  • Rumination

  • Avoidance

  • Helplessness

  • Social Withdrawal

  • Opposition



  • Therapy and Counseling

  • Personal development

  • Employee Assistance Programs

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