Validation of the lifestress inventory for people with a mild intellectual disability

Fogarty, Gerard J. and Bramston, Paul and Cummins, Robert A. (1997) Validation of the lifestress inventory for people with a mild intellectual disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 18 (6). pp. 435-456. ISSN 0891-4222


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[Abstract]: The Subjective Stress Scale (SSS: Bramston & Bostock, 1994) was developed to measure
stress in people with a mild intellectual disability. In previous research, the SSS was
found to measure two broad dimensions of stress, the first a General Worry factor, the
second a factor that tapped concerns about Negative Interpersonal Relations (Bramston &
Fogarty, 1995). The present study sought to continue this line of research by introducing
a slightly modified form of the SSS, to be known as the Lifestress Inventory (LI) and
examining the psychometric properties of the scale when administered to a new sample
of 221 people with mild intellectual disabilities. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated
that three underlying factors corresponding to General Worry, Negative Interpersonal
Relations, and Coping were sufficient to account for the correlations among the items in
the LI. Rasch analysis indicated some improvements to the scoring format for the LI and
also showed that the most easily experienced stressors were associated with the Negative
Interpersonal Relations dimension. The refinements introduced by the LI and the further
demonstration that some of the broad stress dimensions identified in the general
population can also be found in people with an intellectual disability represent important
milestones for researchers interested in exploring reactions to stress among this

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: mild, intellectual disability, intellectually disabled, disabilities, handicapped, Subjective Stress Scale, Lifestress Inventory, Rasch analysis
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

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