Helping and coping attributions: Development of the attribution of problem cause and solution scale

Lara M. Stepleman, Maria U.A. Darcy, Terence J.G. Tracey

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A measure of Brickman, Rabinowitz, Karuza, Cohn, and Kidder's structure of helping and coping orientations was developed, and its relation to a variety of counseling variables was investigated. A sample of 202 college students completed the Attribution of Problem Cause and Solution Scale (APCSS), an additional measure of attribution, and measures of coping and self-efficacy. The findings indicate that scores obtained using the APCSS have sound reliability and factor structure and are related to coping style and self-efficacy in the hypothesized manners. The APCSS has clinical implications with regard to client problem-solving efficacy and preferred means of coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-542
Number of pages18
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005



  • Attribution assessment
  • Causal attributions
  • Helping and coping attributions
  • Solution attributions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Mathematics

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