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      Análise Fatorial de Uma Medida de Estratégias de Enfrentamento Translated title: Factorial Analysis of a Coping Measure


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          O objetivo do estudo foi investigar a estrutura fatorial da Escala Modos de Enfrentamento de Problemas - EMEP, na versão adaptada para a população brasileira por Gimenes e Queiroz (1997), para mensurar estratégias de enfrentamento em relação a estressores específicos. A amostra foi composta por 409 adultos de ambos os sexos, onde 252 consideraram como estressor um problema atual que estivesse ocasionando estresse, enquanto 157 foram pessoas portadoras de enfermidades crônicas, que responderam à escala com base no problema de saúde que estavam apresentando. Foram extraídos quatro fatores pelo método dos eixos principais, rotação ortogonal: estratégias de enfrentamento focalizadas no problema, estratégias de enfrentamento focalizadas na emoção, práticas religiosas/pensamento fantasioso e busca de suporte social. A análise dos achados nas duas sub-amostras, diferenciadas quanto aos estressores dominantes, sugere possibilidades positivas de aplicação em contextos de pesquisa e de intervenção profissional, em especial a atuação clínica voltada para manejo do estresse junto a diferentes clientelas.

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          The goal of this study was to investigate the factorial structure of the Brazilian version of the Ways of Coping Scale (Gimenes & Queiroz, 1997) that measures coping strategies people use when facing specific stressors. The sample of 409 male and female adults was divided into two groups: 252 reported one major stressor related to a real problem in their everyday activities and the other 157 reported and described the suffering of a chronic disease. A factor analysis with principal axis method and orthogonal rotation, extracted four factors: coping strategies based on the stressor, coping strategies based on the emotion, religiosity/fantasy thinking and search for social support. Comparisons between the two samples suggested different possibilities for the development of research and intervention in the clinical work aimed at the management of stress by different type of patients.

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                Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa
                Psic.: Teor. e Pesq.
                Instituto de Psicologia, Universidade de Brasília (Brasília )
                September 2001
                : 17
                : 3
                : 225-234
                [1 ] Universidade de Brasília Brazil



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                Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry
                coping,stress,factorial structure,enfrentamento,estresse,estrutura fatorial


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