About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing, Resilience and coping
Key stages Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Subscales Stoicism/distraction; Acting out; Rumination; Seeking social support; Self-care
Description A questionnaire to measure adolescents' coping strategies.
Example I went on as if nothing had happened
Link Contact author at sigrunsv@unak.is

Implementation details

No. of items 34
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 11-16
Cost single purchase Available from a
Cost per child Available from a

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .73-.81
Test retest 16 weeks, r= [.53,.74]
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA Not reported
CFA 4 factors CFI=.95; TLI=.94; GFI=.96; RMSEA=.047; SRMR=.046
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity The Social Support Questionnaire Short Form perceived size of the available social support network (SSQN), r= [-.05,.11]; The Social Support Questionnaire Short Form perceived support satisfaction (SSQS), r= [.02,.17]; Rosenberg’s Global Self-Esteem Scale (RSE), r= [-.27,.12]
Concurrent validity KIDCOPE, r= .46
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Sveinbjornsdottir, S., & Thorsteinsson, E. B. (2014). Psychometric Properties of the Measure of Adolescent Coping Strategies (MACS). Psychology, 5(2), 142-147. doi:10.4236/psych.2014.52022