Measures of stress in epidemiological research

M. Kopp, Barna Konkolÿ Thege, Piroska Balog, Adrienne Stauder, Gyöngyvér Salavecz, S. Rózsa, György Purebl, Szilvia Ádám

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Abstract

A comprehensive assessment of psychosocial stress often poses significant challenges due to diversity in conceptualization of stress. Consequently, a number of instruments that measure psychosocial stress, its stressors, and its impact at the individual, organizational, and societal levels have been developed. This article aims to provide a brief review of such instruments, focusing on established questionnaire and interview measures in line with the environmentalist and psychological conceptualizations of stress. This includes measures of major life events; work, marital, and social stress; the individual's coping abilities; and psychological and somatic outcomes of stress. We provide a general description of selected instruments and discuss their administration, scoring, and psychometric properties. Appropriate application of these instruments in epidemiological and clinical research, as well as in inpatient care, can aid the detection of psychosocial stress, support thorough assessment and management of the individual's illness, and ensure accurate identification of individuals who would benefit from specific behavioral (psychotherapeutic) interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-225
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume69
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

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Keywords

  • Coping
  • Marital stress
  • Measures
  • Social stress
  • Stressors
  • Work stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Measures of stress in epidemiological research. / Kopp, M.; Thege, Barna Konkolÿ; Balog, Piroska; Stauder, Adrienne; Salavecz, Gyöngyvér; Rózsa, S.; Purebl, György; Ádám, Szilvia.

In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 69, No. 2, 08.2010, p. 211-225.

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Kopp, M, Thege, BK, Balog, P, Stauder, A, Salavecz, G, Rózsa, S, Purebl, G & Ádám, S 2010, 'Measures of stress in epidemiological research', Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 211-225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2009.09.006
Kopp, M. ; Thege, Barna Konkolÿ ; Balog, Piroska ; Stauder, Adrienne ; Salavecz, Gyöngyvér ; Rózsa, S. ; Purebl, György ; Ádám, Szilvia. / Measures of stress in epidemiological research. In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2010 ; Vol. 69, No. 2. pp. 211-225.
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