Measuring coping in low-income European American, African American, and Mexican American adolescents: An examination of measurement equivalence

Hazel Prelow, Marcia Michaels, Leticia Reyes, George Knight, Manuel Barrera

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We examined the cross-ethnic and cross-language equivalence of the Children's Coping Strategies Checklist (Ayers, T.S., Sandler, I.N., West, S.G. and Roosa, M.W. (1996). A dispositional and situational assessment of children's coping: Testing alternative models of coping. Journal of Personality, 64(4), 923-958) by assessing item, functional, and scalar equivalence in a sample of 319 European American, African American, and Mexican American adolescents from low-income inner-city families. Depression, as measured by Children's Depression Inventory, was the criterion in the analyses of scalar equivalence. The results suggest considerable cross-ethnic and cross-language measurement equivalence of the Children's Coping Strategies Checklist. The findings also suggest some caution in using the Children's Depression Inventory in comparative studies of African American and Mexican American adolescents or in studies that treat these groups as homogeneous samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-147
Number of pages13
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2002



  • Adolescents
  • Coping measures
  • Ethnic and racial minorities
  • Measurement equivalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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