ABI-MS: Coping with Medical Procedures - Development of an Inventory

Internally funded project

Project Details

Project leader:
Sarah Sturmbauer
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rohleder

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitspsychologie

Start date: 01/04/2016
End date: 01/12/2016

Research Fields

Anxiety and Coping in the Healthcare System
Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitspsychologie

Abstract (technical / expert description):

Medical treatment can be stressful for patients, thus potentially affecting wound healing and adjustment during recovery. Hence, the assessment of how individuals cope with stressful medical procedures is important. Cooperating with Prof. Andreas SchwerdtfegerProf. Michael Hock and Mag. Eva-Maria Rathner we constructed and empirically evaluated a coping inventory focusing on medical settings.

The ABI-MS is based on the model of coping modes and aims to assess vigilant and cognitive avoidant coping in potentially threatening medical scenarios. It is organized as a stimulus-response inventory consisting of 32 items. Psychometric properties were examined and exploratory full-information factor analysis based on the item response theory were calculated. Additionally, a cross-validation confirmed the structure of the inventory. Taken together, the results indicate that the ABI-MS is a reliable and valid instrument to assess vigilant and cognitive avoidant coping in medical settings.

The inventory was presented at the annual meeting of the European Health Psychology Association in August 2016 in Aberdeen, Scottland and at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in March 2017, Spain. Publication is in preparation. 

External Partners

Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Universität Ulm


Sturmbauer, S., Hock, M., Rathner, E.-M., & Schwerdtfeger, A. (2019). Das Angstbewältigungsinventar für medizinische Situationen (ABI-MS). Diagnostica, 65(5), 253-265. https://dx.doi.org/10.1026/0012-1924/a000233

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