An evaluation of the perceived stress scale in two clinical populations
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventative Medicine
The relation of perceived stress and psychosocial dysfunction was examined in two clinical samples identifying stress as a personal problem. Perceived stress was significantly correlated with self-reported negative affect and physical symptoms. Negative and total major life event scores also were significantly correlated with self-reported negative affect and physical symptoms. However, the perceived stress scale and the life events measures were moderately correlated, indicating that the two scales assess different features of the stress experience. A major finding of this study was that perceived stress scores were significantly correlated with affective and physical symptoms even after the variance associated with life events had been partialed out.
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Citation: Pbert L, Doerfler L, DeCosimo D. An evaluation of the perceived stress scale in two clinical populations. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 1992;14(4):363-375. DOI: 10.1007/BF00960780