Do We Know How We Cope? Relating Daily Coping Reports to Global and Time-Limited Retrospective Assessments

Michael Todd, Howard Tennen, Margaret Anne Carney, Glenn Affleck, Stephen Armeli

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Abstract

The current study examined the concordance among daily, trait (global retrospective), and time-limited retrospective reports of coping. A sample of 93 adults completed the COPE (C. S. Carver, M. F. Scheier, & J. K. Weintraub, 1989) prior to recording coping with the day's most negative event for 30 consecutive days. At the end of daily data collection, participants recalled to what extent they used each of 16 coping strategies over the past 30 days. Whereas findings indicate generally good concordance between daily and time-limited retrospective reports, concordance between global and daily reports was weak. Only limited evidence was found for systematic individual differences in concordance. Time-limited reports appear to be an adequate, though not ideal, method of determining usual patterns of coping with stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-319
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume86
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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