Do coping styles differ across sociocultural groups? The role of measurement equivalence in making this judgment

Hazel M. Prelow, Jenn-Yun Tein, Mark W. Roosa, Jennifer Wood

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Cross-sociocultural group measurement equivalency is an important issue that generally has not been studied in the coping literature. Measurement equivalency of the COPE (Carver, Scheier, & Weintraub, 1989) was assessed across two sociocultural groups, a sample of 100 Anglo middle-class divorced mothers and a sample of 122 low-income Mexican American/Mexican immigrant mothers. A series of restrictive confirmatory factor analyses revealed that seven of the COPE's subscales may be measuring the same underlying construct across populations. However, scores derived from the subscales may not represent the same magnitude of the construct in these two groups. This study makes an important first step in furthering the understanding of coping strategies in low-income Mexican American/Mexican immigrant mothers. This study also illustrates the importance of testing for measurement equivalency before conducting comparative research in disparate populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-244
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican journal of community psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2000



  • Coping styles
  • Cross-cultural
  • Measurement equivalence
  • Mexican American

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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