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Table 5 Correspondence between the five factors of CHIP-16 and the three factors of CHIP-45

From: Brief version of the coping health inventory for parents (CHIP) among family caregivers of children with chronic diseases

  Family integration, cooperation and an optimistic definition of the situation (19 items)
Security and stability (2) 1. Communicating about personal feelings and concerns with my spouse
Security and stability (2) 3. Trusting my spouse (or former spouse) to help support me and my child
6. Believing that my child will get better
8. Showing that I am strong
11. Taking good care of all medical equipment at home
13. Getting other members of the family to help with chores and tasks at home
Belief and trust (5) 16. Believing that the medical center/hospital considers my family’s best interest
Belief and trust (5) 18. Believing in God
Home care (2) 21. Doing things together as a family (involving all members of the family)
23. Believing that my child is getting the best medical care possible
Home care (2) 26. Doing things with family relatives
28. Reminding myself that I have many things to be thankful for
Spouse and child relationship (4) 31. Encouraging my child with a medical condition to be more independent
Spouse and child relationship (4) 36. Building a closer relationship with my spouse
Spouse and child relationship (4) 38. Investing myself in my child
Family involvement (3) 41. Trying to maintain family stability
Family involvement (3) 43. Having my child with a medical condition seen at a clinic/hospital on a regular basis
44. Believing that things will always work out
45. Doing things with my children
Maintaining social support, self-esteem and psychological stability (18 items)
2. Engaging in relationships and friendships
4. Sleeping
7. Working in outside employment
9. Purchasing gifts for myself and/or other family members
12. Eating
14. Getting away by myself
Belief and trust (5) 17. Building close relationships with people
19. Developing myself as a person
22. Investing time and energy in my job
24. Entertaining friends at our home
27. Becoming more self-reliant and independent
29. Concentrating on hobbies (art, music, jogging, etc.)
32. Keeping myself in shape and well groomed
33. Engaging in social activities (parties, etc.) with friends
34. Going out with my spouse on a regular basis
37. Allowing myself to be angry
Family involvement (3) 39. Communicating with someone (not professional counselor/doctor) about how I feel
42. Being able to get away from the home care tasks and responsibilities for some relief
Understanding the health care situation through communication with other parents and consultation with the health care-team (8 items)
Belief and trust (5) 5. Communicating with the medical staff (nurses, social worker, etc.) when we visit the medical center
10. Communicating with other individuals/parents in the same situation
Belief and trust (5) 15. Communicating with a doctor about my concerns about my child with a medical condition
20. Communicating with other parents in the same type of situation and learning about their experiences
25. Reading about how other persons in my situation addresses the situation
30. Explaining family situation to friends and neighbors such that they can understand us
Spouse and child relationship (4) 35. Ensuring that the prescribed medical treatments for my child are carried out at home on a daily basis
40. Reading more about the medical problem that concerns me
  1. The number of items of each factor is indicated in parentheses