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BMC Psychiatry. 2010 Dec 15;10:111. doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-10-111.

Validation of the Arabic version of the Cohen Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) among pregnant and postpartum women.

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  • 1Department of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study was conducted to evaluate the validity of the Arabic translation of the Cohen Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) in pregnant and postpartum women.

METHODS:

A sample of 268 women participated. These included 113 women in their third trimester of pregnancy, 97 in the postpartum period and 58 healthy female university students. GHQ-12 and EPDS were also administered to the participants. Internal consistency reliability, assessed using Cronbach's α, was 0.74.

RESULTS:

PSS-10 significantly correlated with both EPDS and GHQ12 (ρ = 0.58 and ρ = 0.48 respectively), and significantly increased with higher scores on stressful life events. PSS-10 scores were higher among university students who also recorded higher stressful life events scores.

CONCLUSION:

The Arabic translated version of the PSS-10 showed reasonably adequate psychometric properties.

PMID:
21159169
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PMCID:
PMC3016315
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