The Ways of Coping Questionnaire was developed to provide researchers with a theoretically derived measure that could be used to explore the role of coping in the relationship between stress and adaptational outcomes.
The Ways of Coping Questionnaire has been used primarily as a research instrument in studies of the coping processes. It is designed to identify the thoughts and actions an individual has used to cope with a specific stressful encounter. It measures coping processes, not coping dispositions or styles. It could potentially be used as a stimulus for discussion in clinical, training, and workshop settings.