Coping Health Inventory for Parents
Construct: Parental coping with a child’s medical condition
Description of Measure:
- Developed in 1983
- 45-item measure of a parent’s response to managing demands when a child has a serious or chronic medical condition. Parents and caregivers complete the measure
- Time frame to complete is 30 minutes
- Purpose: to measure a family’s coping with the serious or chronic illness of a child
- Response format: Likert-type scale (0 = not helpful; 1 = minimally helpful; 2 = moderately helpful; 3 = extremely helpful)
- Item examples:
1. Trying to maintain family stability
2. Talking with the doctor about my concerns about my child with the medical condition
1. Maintaining family integration, cooperation, and an optimistic definition of the situation
2. Maintaining social support, self-esteem, and psychological stability
3. Understanding the medical situation through communication with other parents and consultation with medical staff
- Languages: English
- Reliability and validity: Alpha reliabilities for the 3 subscales listed above are .79, .79, and .71 (Patterson, McCubbin and Warwick, 1990). This is a widely used measure in studies of children with chronic illness and disability.
- Important normative samples: 308 parents of chronically ill children.
To obtain the instrument: Dr. Hamilton McCubbin, Dean, School of Family Resources, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 53706-1575. Publisher: National Council of Family Relations.
McCubbin, H.I., McCubbin, M.A., Patterson, J.M., Cauble, A.E., Wilson, L.R. & Warwick, W. (1983). CHIP-Coping Health Inventory for Parents: An Assessment of Parental Coping Patterns in the Care of the Chronically Ill Child. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 359-370.