Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations ciss

For: Measure of three types of coping styles

Reading Level: Adolescent Version (13-18 years) & Adult Version (18+ years)

Format: Paper-and-Pencil

Length: 48-items, 10 minutes administration time

Scoring: Hand Scored


Paper Forms and Hand Scoring Materials


CISS (Coping) Adolescent Forms (25)

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CISS (Coping) Adult Forms (25)

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CISS (Coping) Manual

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CISS (Coping) SSC Forms (25) – Situation Specific Coping Version

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Norman Endler, Ph.D, F.R.S.C. & James D.A.Parker, Ph.D


The CISS measures three major coping styles:  Task-Oriented, Emotion-Oriented and Avoidance Coping.

It also identifies two types of avoidance patterns: Distraction and Social Diversion.  The CISS is available in QuikScore format.  The client's responses automatically transfer through to a hidden scoring page where you are guided through easy calculations.

Adult Version - Suitable for clients 18 years and older, the 48-item CISS-Adult has gender-specific norms for college students, correctional populations, psychiatric patients, and various occupational groups.

Adolescent Version - Suitable for clients between the ages 13 and 18 years.  The 48-item CISS-Adolescent has gender-specific norms specific to adolescents.  Mean and standard deviations are grouped as early adolescent and late adolescent.

CISS: Situation Specific Version - The CISS:SSC is a 21-item measure for adults.  Responses are given with a designated stressful situtation in mind, such as social evaluation, change in social situation, relationship or interpersonal conflict and general stress.

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