Measuring Coping Versus Symptom Intensity: Implications For Clinical Practice

Posted by Doug Salmon on February 11, 2016  /   Posted in Wayfaring

J. Douglas Salmon, Jr. and Marek J. Celinski

The Rehabilitation Survey of Problems and Coping (R-SOPAC; Salmon and Celinski, 2002) was developed as a brief measure addressing typical clinical manifestations related to stress, trauma and physical injuries which are subjectively rated by clients, both with respect to symptom intensity (an inverse indicator of resilience) and coping which refers to resourcefulness. The R-SOPAC is recommended for initial assessments, treatment monitoring and the evaluation of final outcomes in rehabilitation, health and mental health clinical settings. The instrument‟s atheoretical approach (in the sense that it is not limited to specific coping styles) provides an opportunity for monitoring spontaneous recovery and effectiveness of physical and cognitive rehabilitation and mental health interventions in a broad array of conditions. It may also be used in studies of coping in various adverse or stressful situations, in conjunction with specific measures of coping styles. The current chapter reviews the conceptual underpinnings of the authors‟ multifaceted assessment and recovery model, as relevant to the R-SOPAC‟s originally identified psychometric properties established on physical rehabilitation clientele.

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