Carers of young people with first episode psychosis (FEP) often face burden. Understanding ways in which carers cope is not only important for providing support to them but might maximise patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to examine strategies carers use to cope with the burden of caring for a young person with FEP. Methods: The study was part of a randomized controlled trial focusing on the effectiveness of a problem-solving bibliotherapy intervention for carers of FEP patients, in terms of promoting coping and reducing psychological distress. Baseline data on the Ways of Coping (WOC) scale was available for 124 carers aged between 18 and 66. years. Principal component analysis with PROMAX rotation was used to determine the number of factors that could be used to characterise coping behaviour. Regression analyses were used to determine how the factors were related to carers demographics, burden, psychological well-being and expressed emotion.