Factorial structure of the kidcope in Hong Kong adolescents

Sheung Tak CHENG, Alfred C. M. CHAN

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The Kidcope (A. Spirito, L. J. Stark, and C. Williams, 1988), a brief screening measure of coping strategies for children and adolescents, was subjected to exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses in a sample of adolescents in Hong Kong. A 2-factor model was found to fit the data when only the 2 emotional regulation items were treated separately and were allowed to load on the 2 different factors. Further analyses showed that factor loadings, factor variances, and factor covariance were invariant across age and gender. On the basis of the factor analyses, the authors created 2 composite scores, representing control-oriented and escape-oriented coping strategies. Implications for the use of the Kidcope in research and preventive intervention are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-266
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Genetic Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • Adolescents
  • Control-oriented coping
  • Escape-oriented coping
  • Kidcope


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