Psychometric properties of a hurricane coping self-efficacy measure

Charles C. Benight, Gail Ironson, Robert L. Durham

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This brief report describes the psychometric properties of an instrument designed to measure Hurricane Coping Self-Efficacy (HCSE). Survivors of Hurricane Andrew (n = 165) and Hurricane Opal (n = 63) completed the HCSE and assessments of optimism, social support, distress, and resource loss. Principal components factor analyses revealed a unidimensional structure for the HCSE. Internal consistency of the HCSE was strong. In both samples, HCSE was positively associated with optimism and social support, but negatively associated with general psychological distress, trauma related distress, and resource loss. Finally, hierarchical regression analyses demonstrated that the HCSE explained a significant amount of experimental variance for intrusive thoughts and avoidance after controlling for social support, lost resources, and optimism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-386
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999


  • Coping
  • Coping self-efficacy
  • Natural disaster
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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