Coping Inventory

Discover how you deal with stress using our free online coping self-test and get immediate feedback that you can share with anyone.

Scientific assessments, with this one grounded on the Carver model of coping.

This coping skills psychometric test is based on Carver’s Brief-COPE scale (1997). It assesses your response to stress and coping mechanisms using a scientifically validated inventory.


Gyfted’s free values survey questionnaire provides you with insights into what your coping mechanisms are. You will be able to better understand how you manage stress. This knowledge can help you avoid ineffective coping strategies as a student, as well as at work, based on active and passive coping mechanisms.

Why is this of value to me?

Coping styles are strategies that a person uses to deal with stressful situations. Knowing your responses to stressful situations - like divorce, financial stress, grief, relationship, workplace – is valuable as it can help you improve your coping efficacy.
This coping style questionnaire is also useful for understanding the meaning of your behavioral mechanisms for coping with stress. Use it as a tool to focus on more effective strategies when coping with stressful situations.

How you can use this test?

Ways you can use your coping styles questionnaire results:
Understand better your coping strategies inventory and stress response
Become more self-aware of what your most effective strategies are and focus on them
Share your stress management test results with friends or anyone else

How it works?

Take this assessment when
you’re at ease, undisturbed
and ready to focus.
Our instructions will guide
you through the process. It’s
easy - just go with your gut
After completing the test,
you will receive your
feedback immediately
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      Frequently asked questions

      What is a coping mechanism?

      Significant life events, whether positive or negative, can cause stress. Coping mechanisms (commonly termed coping strategies or coping skills) are defined as the approaches and inventory that a person uses to deal with stressful situations. Coping mechanisms can help people adjust to stressful events while helping them maintain their emotional well-being.

      What is cope theory?

      Coping theory is an area of study that explores coping mechanisms through two approaches:
      Focus-oriented state and trait theories recognize that one has the capacity and resources to evaluate how well he or she can adapt to a situation.
      Approach-oriented micro and macro analytic theories look into how concrete or abstract the coping mechanisms are (Carver, Scheier, & Weintraub, 1989).
      These theories were summarized in Carver’s Brief-COPE scale (1997).

      What coping strategies are there?

      Hundreds of active coping strategies have been identified. Typically, people use a mixture of the following types of coping strategies, which may change over time:
      - Problem-solving (problem-focused coping or adaptive behavioral) involves identifying a problem that is causing stress and then developing and putting into action a toolset for resolving problems efficiently
      - Positive thinking (appraisal-focused or adaptive cognitive) is about accepting one’s defeats and making them one’s strengths.
      - Appraisal-focused (adaptive cognitive) strategies mean that the person purposely alters their perspective on their situation to have a more positive outlook on their situation
      - Emotion-focused coping involves distracting oneself, managing hostile feelings, mindfulness practices, accepting responsibility, or seeking social support.
      - Avoidance coping (occupation-focused) is about moving forward, rather than over-thinking problems. Although this might mean lower reflection on stressful situations.

      What are the common stressors to coping

      Stress is a significant life event or change that demands a response, adjustment, or adaptation. Difficult events, such as divorce, miscarriage, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job, can cause most people to feel deep grief or distress and are stressors that require coping with. But even events that are considered positive by many — getting married, having a child, or buying a home — can lead to a significant amount of stress. Coping mechanisms help deal with anger, loss, failure, financial stress among others.
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