The dialectical behavior therapy ways of coping checklist: development and psychometric properties.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Skills training is a crucial mode of treatment in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT; Linehan, 1993b), yet a psychometrically sound measure of DBT skills use does not exist. We adapted the Revised Ways of Coping Checklist (RWCCL; Vitaliano, Russo, Carr, Maiuro, & Becker, 1985) to create the DBT Ways of Coping Checklist (DBT-WCCL). Using factor analysis procedures, two subscales emerged: one assessing coping via DBT skills, the DBT Skills Subscale (DSS), and one assessing coping via dysfunctional means, the Dysfunctional Coping Subscale (DCS). Principal component, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and content validity analyses suggested that the scale has good to excellent psychometric properties. In addition, the DSS successfully discriminated patients who received skills training during 4 months of treatment from patients who did not. Moderators of skills use are also discussed. The DBT-WCCL appears to be a promising new measure of DBT skills use.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Neacsiu, AD; Rizvi, SL; Vitaliano, PP; Lynch, TR; Linehan, MM

Published Date

  • June 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 563 - 582

PubMed ID

  • 20455249

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4679

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jclp.20685


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States