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Table 1 Computation of the coping strategy index: an illustration

From: Coping strategies of HIV-affected households in Ghana

Coping strategies
  Never Seldom (1-3 days/month) Sometimes (1-2 days/week) Often (3-6 days a week) Daily   
  Relative frequency score (A) 0 0.5 1.5 4.5 7.0 Severity weight (B) Score (AxB)
E1 Skip entire days without eating? 1 2 3 4 5 8.0 0
E2 Limit portion size at mealtimes? 1 2 3 4 5 2.0 9
E3 Reduce number of meals eaten per day? 1 2 3 4 5 2.0 1
E4 Borrow food or rely on help from friends or relatives? 1 2 3 4 5 4.0 0
E5 Rely on less expensive or less preferred foods? 1 2 3 4 5 2.0 1
E6 Purchase/borrow food on credit? 1 2 3 4 5 4.0 6
E7 Gather unusual types or amounts of wild food/hunt? 1 2 3 4 5 8.0 0
E8 Harvest immature crops (e.g. green maize)? 1 2 3 4 5 8.0 0
E9 Send household members to eat elsewhere? 1 2 3 4 5 4.0 0
E10 Send household members to beg? 1 2 3 4 5 8.0 0
E11 Reduce adult consumption so children can eat? 1 2 3 4 5 6. 0
E12 Rely on casual labour for food? 1 2 3 4 5 2.0 0
  TOTAL HOUSEHOLD SCORE \( ={\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^n\mathrm{A}\times \mathrm{B}=17.0} \)
  1. Table legend: Table shows the relative frequency score, the severity weight, the individual score and the total household score of a randomly selected household. The total household score (∑A×B); or the summation of the products of each raw score/relative frequency score and the severity weight for each strategy) is defined as the CSI for that particular household and is 17.0.