Protocol - Coping Styles - Adolescent

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This is a self-report inventory that includes 48 questions about how a young person copes with problems and stress. The protocol includes eight scales that fall into two categories: approach coping styles (logical analysis, positive reappraisal, seeking guidance and support, and problem solving); and avoidant coping styles (cognitive avoidance, acceptance or resignation, seeking alternative rewards, and emotional discharge). These scales are based on either cognitive or behavioral strategies.

Specific Instructions

The Coping Responses Inventory for Youth (CRI-Youth) is a proprietary instrument and may be purchased from Psychological Assessment Resources (PAR®), Lutz, Florida.


The Coping Responses Inventory (CRI) for Youth kit includes a manual, item booklets, and two types of answer forms—an actual form and an ideal form. The actual form includes questions about the persons actual coping behavior and the ideal form includes questions about preferred coping styles.

The individual is asked to complete the self-report inventory by marking responses on the answer sheet. The responses may be scored via a grid on the attached carbonless paper.

Protocol Name from Source

The Coping Responses Inventory for Youth (CRI-Youth)


Limited Availability

Personnel and Training Required


Equipment Needs


Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self-administered questionnaire

Life Stage



Ages 12-18 years

Selection Rationale

The Coping Responses Inventory for Youth (CRI-Youth) has been used for several decades in a large number of research studies and clinical interventions.



Common Data Elements (CDE) Adolescent Coping Style Assessment Tool Assessment Score 3163133 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Coping styles adolescent proto 62915-4 LOINC
Human Phenotype Ontology Behavioral abnormality HP:0000708 HPO
Derived Variables


Process and Review

Expert Review Panel 4 (ERP 4) reviewed the measures in the Neurology, Psychiatric, and Psychosocial domains.

Guidance from ERP 4 included the following:

  • No changes


Moos, R. (1993). Coping Responses Inventory youth professional manual. Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources.

Moos, R. Coping Responses Inventory (CRI) for Youth. Psychological Assessment Resources (PAR), 16204 N. Florida Ave., Lutz, FL 33549. (Phone 1-800-331-8378, FAX 1-800-727-9329).

General References

Billings, A., & Moos, R. (1981). The role of coping responses and social resources in attenuating the stress of life events. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 4, 139-157.

DeVries, H. M., Hamilton, D. W., Lovett, S., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (1997). Patterns of coping preferences for male and female caregivers of frail older adults. Psychology and Aging, 12, 263-267.

Ebata, A. T., & Moos, R. H. (1991). Coping and adjustment in distressed and healthy adolescents. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 12, 33-54.

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Measure Name

Coping Styles

Release Date

December 13, 2010


This is a measure of the coping styles that an individual might use in response to a recent problem or stressful situation.


The coping scales employed in this instrument can be used for research and clinical purposes to evaluate how well individuals cope with recent problems and difficult situations. They have been used effectively in several fields of study, including alcoholism, depression, work stress, and aging.


Psychosocial, coping, stress, coping strategies, logical analysis, positive reappraisal, seeking guidance and support, problem solving, cognitive avoidance, acceptance, resignation, seeking alternative rewards, emotional discharge, proprietary, Coping Responses Inventory for Youth, CRI-Youth