ERIC Number: ED423487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Exploration of Ethnicity and Coping Resources among Middle Schoolers.
McCarthy, Christopher J.; Seraphine, Anne E.
One of the most pernicious effects of stress is its effect on the ability of children and youths to function in the classroom. This study examined the factor structure of the Coping Resources Inventory for Educational Enhancement (CRISEE), an instrument designed to measure the coping resources and stressor load of children and youth. Participants were 1,546 students aged 10-16 from two ethnically diverse middle schools in the Southwest. Ethnicity was described as Latino, European American, African American, Mexican, Multiracial, Native American, Asian American, and Other. An exploratory factor analysis was conducted using tetrachoric correlations to estimate an unweighted least squares factor solution. This yielded a five factor solution for coping resources which replicated previous findings by W. L.Curlette and others. However, the external stressors scale did not emerge as unidimensionally distinct, which is discussed in terms of both methodology and theory. Implications for clinical interventions with children and youth in clinical settings and recommendations for further instrument development are also discussed. (Contains 1 figure, 7 tables, and 102 references.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (106th, San Francisco, CA, August 14-18, 1998).