Dyadic coping

This scale is designed to measure how you and your partner cope with stress. Please indicate the first response that you feel is appropriate. Please be as honest as possible. Please respond to any item by marking the appropriate case, which is fitting to your personal situation. There are no false answers.

Bodenmann, G. (2008). Dyadisches Coping Inventar: Testmanual [Dyadic Coping Inventory: Test manual]. Bern, Switzerland: Huber. No further permission is needed for use or reproduction from Guy Bodenmann.

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    1. I let my partner know that I appreciate his/her practical support, advice, or help.
    2. I ask my partner to do things for me when I have too much to do.
    3. I show my partner through my behavior when I am not doing well or when I have problems.
    4. I tell my partner openly how I feel and that I would appreciate his/her support.
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    5. My partner shows empathy and understanding to me.
    6. My partner expresses that he/she is on my side.
    7. My partner blames me for not coping well enough with stress.
    8. My partner helps me to see stressful situations in a different light.
    9. My partner listens to me and gives me the opportunity to communicate what really bothers me.
    10. My partner does not take my stress seriously.
    11. My partner provides support, but does so unwillingly and unmotivated.
    12. My partner takes on things that I normally do in order to help me out.
    13. My partner helps me analyze the situation so that I can better face the problem.
    14. When I am too busy, my partner helps me out.
    15. When I am stressed, my partner tends to withdraw.
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    16. My partner lets me know that he/she appreciates my practical support, advice, or help.
    17. My partner asks me to do things for him/her when he has too much to do.
    18. My partner shows me through his/her behavior that he/she is not doing well or when he/she has problems.
    19. My partner tells me openly how he/she feels and that he/she would appreciate my support.
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    20. I show empathy and understanding to my partner.
    21. I express to my partner that I am on his/her side.
    22. I blame my partner for not coping well enough with stress.
    23. I tell my partner that his/her stress is not that bad and help him/her to see the situation in a different light.
    24. I listen to my partner and give him/her space and time to communicate what really bothers him/her.
    25. I do not take my partner’s stress seriously.
    26. When my partner is stressed I tend to withdraw.
    27. I provide support, but do it so unwillingly and unmotivated  because I think that he/she should cope with his/her problems on his/her own.
    28. I take on things that my partner would normally do in order to help him/her out.
    29. I try to analyze the situation together with my partner in an objective manner and help him/her to understand and change the problem.
    30. When my partner feels he/she has too much to do, I help him/her out.
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    31. We try to cope with the problem together and search for ascertained solutions.
    32. We engage in a serious discussion about the problem and think through what has to be done.
    33. We help one another to put the problem in perspective and see it in a new light.
    34. We help each other relax with such things like massage, taking a bath together, or listening to music together.
    35. We are affectionate to each other, make love and try that way to cope with stress.
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    36. I am satisfied with the support I receive from my partner and the way we deal with stress together.
    37. I am satisfied with the support I receive from my partner and I find as a couple, the way we deal with stress together is effective.
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