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Coping Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Brief COPE.

Rand KL, Cohee AA, Monahan PO, Wagner LI, Shanahan ML, Champion VL. Coping Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Brief COPE. Journal of Nursing Measurement. 2019 Aug 1; 27(2):259-276.

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cancer survivors continue to cope with significant stressors after completing treatment. The Brief COPE (Carver, 1997) is frequently used to measure coping; however, its factor structure remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the best factor conceptualization of the Brief COPE for use among breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Breast cancer survivors ( = 1,127) completed the Brief COPE. We conducted confirmatory factor analyses comparing several a priori models based on research in cancer-relevant populations. RESULTS: Of the eight models examined, the 14-factor model of the Brief COPE showed the best fit. CONCLUSIONS: Despite efforts to simplify the structure of the Brief COPE, our results suggest coping among breast cancer survivors is best assessed using Carver''s (1997) original 14-factor conceptualization.

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