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The Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced COPE inventory investigates the different ways in which people respond to stressful situations. Knowledge is lacking regarding the coping strategies and styles of people in developing countries, including Brazil. This study aimed to adapt and validate the Brief COPE to Brazilian Portuguese named COPE Breve by focusing on dispositional coping. For the cross-cultural adaptation, the original Brief COPE in English 28 items grouped into 14 subscales was adapted according to a universalistic approach, following these steps: translation, synthesis, back-translation, analysis by an expert panel, and pretest with 30 participants. Then, 237 adults from the community health service responded to the COPE Breve. Psychometric analyses included reliability and exploratory factor analysis. Most of the 14 subscales from the original Brief COPE exhibited problems related to internal consistency. A Velicer-s minimum average partial test MAP was performed and pointed out 3 factors. Exploratory factor analysis produced a revised 20-item version with a 3-factor solution: religion and positive reframing, distraction and external support. The psychometric properties of the COPE Breve with three factors were appropriate. Limitations of this study as well as suggestions for future studies are presented. The COPE Breve should be used in Brazilian clinics and investigations, but divergences in its psychometrics should be further explored in other contexts.



Author: Sarah V. Brasileiro , Mara R. C. A. Orsini , Julianna A. Cavalcante , Daniel Bartholomeu , José M. Montiel , Paulo S. S. Costa ,

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