Assessing stress in disability: Developing and piloting the Disability Related Stress Scale

P C Rhode, K Froehlich-Grobe, J R Hockemeyer, J A Carlson, Jae Hoon Lee

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Stress negatively influences health, but few scales capture unique stressors encountered by people with physical disability. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: Conduct a pilot study to develop and evaluate the factor structure of a stress measure targeting unique stressors facing people with physical limitations due to impaired movement of the upper and lower extremities. METHODS: Development of the Disability Related Stress Scale (DRSS) included: (1) obtaining input regarding content and items from focus groups and outside experts and (2) piloting the instrument. Participants recruited from an independent living center attended a focus group or completed the pilot survey. The piloted measure was a 107 item two-part survey. Part 1 assessed stressors encountered over the past week and Part 2 assessed stressors encountered over the past six months. Participants included a convenience sample of 143 adults who experienced a physical limitation; 26 attended focus groups and 117 completed th
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-176
JournalDisability and Health Journal
StatePublished - 2012

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