Coping Self-Efficacy Scale


Author: Margaret A. Chesney

The Coping Self-Efficacy Scale (CSES) measures an individual's degree of confidence that s/he can perform coping behaviors when faced with life challenges. The CSES consists of three subscales measuring Problem-focused Coping, Emotion-focused Coping, and Social Support Coping. The CSES is administered as a 26-item form.

Copyright © 2003 by Margaret A. Chesney

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Features of the CSES

Purpose: Measures an individual's degree of confidence that s/he can perfom coping behaviors when faced with life challenges.

Length: 26 items

Average completion time: 10 minutes

Target Population: High School age and older

Administration: For individual or group administration

Uses of the CSES:

  • Helps counselors work with clients to assess coping self-efficacy.
  • Identify options for coping.
  • Research instrument for studies of coping and self-efficacy.
  • Research tool in clinical settings: for example, in measuring the effects of interventions.
  • Stimulus for discussion in clinical, training, and workshop settings.


Problem-focused coping

Emotion-focused coping

Social Support coping

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