Coping Resources Inventory (CRI)

The Coping Resources Inventory (CRI) measures how people handle stress, conceived in five basic ways which correspond to the measure’s scales.  The five CRI scales are Cognitive (COG), Social (SOC), Emotional (EMO), Spiritual/Philosophical (S/P), and Physical (PHY).

From the CRI Manual:

One of the goals in developing the CRI was to provide a tool for identifying resources currently available to individuals for managing stress.  Clinical theory and practice largely focus on what is wrong with people rather than on what is right with them. The CRI was constructed to facilitate an emphasis on resources rather than deficits.

The CRI has been administered to people ranging from fourteen to eighty-three years of age and found to be a valid coping measure.  It can be administered to individuals or to groups and can normally be completed in about ten minutes.

For more information including a more detailed explanation of the scales and possible applications of the Coping Resources Inventory, see the instrument’s page at Mindgarden (link below)

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Obtaining the CRI

You can learn more about the CRI and purchase at the website of our preferred partner: Mind Garden.

About Mind Garden

Mind Garden is an independent psychological publishing company of leadership, coping, anxiety and many other assessments and developmental materials.  Since 1994, Mind Garden has sought to preserve and grow important psychological assessments.  Mind Garden has an array of services related to online access and scoring of instruments.

Mind Garden is unique in providing a rapid response to purchase of permission to reproduce their products, via PDF. This is ideal for Ph.D. candidates and researchers who “need it now”, as well as those who may wish to use an instrument online with other instruments or questions.  Paper licenses are also available, providing one copy with permission to reproduce. Mind Garden provides review copies of instruments and scoring in the product manual so that you do not need to order additional components to understand an instrument.

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Matheny KB, Aycock DW, Curlette WL, Junker GN (1993).  The coping resources inventory for stress: a measure of perceived resourcefulness. Journal of Clinical Psychology 49(6), 815-30.

Durm MW, Glaze P. (2002). Sex, perception of immediate stress, and response to coping resources inventory, emotional domain. Psychological Reports 90(1) 270-72.