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Table 4 Coping during COVID-19 pandemic among the study participants

From: Factors associated with psychological distress, fear and coping strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia

Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS) individual items Total, n(%)
I look for creative ways to alter difficult situations 549
 Does not describe me at all 110 (20.0)
 Does not describe me 255 (46.4)
 Neutral 123 (22.4)
 Describes me 35 (6.4)
 Describes me very well 26 (4.7)
Regardless of what happens to me, I believe I can control my reaction to it 549
 Does not describe me at all 133 (24.2)
 Does not describe me 254 (46.3)
 Neutral 109 (19.9)
 Describes me 37 (6.7)
 Describes me very well 16 (2.9)
I believe I can grow in positive ways by dealing with difficult situations 549
 Does not describe me at all 217 (39.5)
 Does not describe me 254 (46.3)
 Neutral 62 (11.3)
 Describes me 12 (2.2)
 Describes me very well 4 (0.7)
I actively look for ways to replace the losses I encounter in life 549
 Does not describe me at all 128 (23.3)
 Does not describe me 243 (44.3)
 Neutral 139 (25.3)
 Describes me 34 (6.2)
 Describes me very well 5 (0.9)
BRCS score (total) 549
 Mean (±SD) 8.4 (2.6)
 Range 4 to 18
Level of coping (BRCS categories) 549
 Low resilient copers (score 4–13) 534 (97.3)
 Medium resilient copers (score 14–16) 12 (2.2)
 High resilient copers (score 17–20) 3 (0.5)