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Adolescent Coping Scale – Second Edition (ACS-2)

Author(s): Erica Frydenberg and Ramon Lewis
Publisher: ACER Press, 2011
SKU code: PG_HU2


Register to attend Dr Erica Frydenberg’s workshop ‘Becoming a resilient coper across the life-span: skills and strategies workshop’ here.  

Purpose: To assess the usage and helpfulness of a range of general and specific coping strategies.
Age: 12-18 years
Time: Long Form: 20–30 minutes; Short Form: 10–15 minutes
Format: Hard-copy; Online

The Adolescent Coping Scale 2nd ed. (ACS-2) is an important research, clinical and educational instrument designed to support young people when examining their own coping behaviour. Updated to measure the usage and helpfulness of coping strategies in general and specific situations, it reliably assesses 20 distinct coping strategies.

Key Features:

  • Assists adolescents to assess, reflect on and then develop their own coping skills.
  • Measures adolescents’ usage of various coping behaviours and the effectiveness of these responses.
  • Long Form has been streamlined from 80 to 60 items.
  • Simplified scoring and interpretation.

A follow-up program, Best of Coping, is designed to provide teachers, youth workers, social workers and counsellors with a structured, comprehensive program for helping adolescents develop resilience and coping skills.

The ACS-2 can be administered and scored by hand, or online via the ACER Psychological Testing Platform (APT). 

The new APT platform enables clients to easily manage their candidates, assign assessments and purchase credits. Clients can search, order and prioritise candidates and results based on the chosen criteria – and generate reports when it suits.There’s an informative Help section with useful information and some short webinars.

Candidates will benefit from the consistent and intuitive interface and easy-to-use navigation.

To register for an APT Online Account, please click here.

Online ACS-2 Long Form Sample Report

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Author(s): Erica Frydenberg and Ramon Lewis