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Ambulatory assessment of adolescent coping: It's a complicated process

Duvenage, M., Uink, B.N., Zimmer‐Gembeck, M.J., Barber, B.L., Donovan, C.L. and Modecki, K.L. (2019) Ambulatory assessment of adolescent coping: It's a complicated process. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 29 (3). pp. 578-594.

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Scholars have long‐called for researchers to treat coping as a process that is measured over an arc of time. Ambulatory assessment (AA) offers an appealing tool for capturing the dynamic process of adolescent coping. However, challenges in capturing the coping process are not altogether circumvented with AA designs. We conducted a scoping review of the AA literature on adolescent coping and draw from 60 studies to provide an overview of the field. We provide critiques of different AA approaches and highlight benefits and costs associated with various types of measurement within AA. We also speak to considerations of participant burden and compliance. We conclude with recommendations for developmental scholars seeking to deploy AA to capture this quintessential process among adolescents.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc.
Copyright: © 2018 Society for Research on Adolescence
Other Information: Special Section: Promises, Perils, and Practicalities of Ambulatory Assessment for Capturing Adolescent Development
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