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The Chinese version of the Parenting Stress Index: a psychometric study
Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Chao-Hsing Yeh, Chang Gung University
  • M. L. Chen, Chang Gung University
  • Wenjun Li, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • H. L. Chuang, Chang Gung Children's Hospital
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Date
12-1-2001
Document Type
Article
Subjects
Adolescent; Adult; Child; Child, Preschool; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Neoplasms; Parenting; *Psychological Tests; *Psychometrics; Reproducibility of Results; Stress, Psychological; Taiwan
Abstract
This study examined the psychometric properties of a Chinese version of the Parenting Stress Index/Short Form (PSI/SF). A 15-item simplified PSI/SF (S-PSI/SF) was subsequently developed which maintained a level of reliability and validity similar to the full version. The Chinese PSI/SF was tested on 149 parents (100 mothers, 49 fathers) of pediatric cancer patients in Taiwan. Psychometric testing was conducted using item analysis, Cronbach's alpha and confirmatory factor analysis. The S-PSI/SF was constructed based on the item analysis of the PSI/SF. Both the PSI/SF and S-PSI/SF produced good reliability coefficients. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that both PSI/SF and S-PSI/SF met all criteria for goodness of fit. Compared with the PSI/SF, the S-PSI/SF demonstrated better internal consistency and overall fit at the one-subscale level, and satisfactory overall fit at two- and three-subscale levels. Despite the limited number of items included, the S-PSI/SF had a very good factor structure. No gender difference in parenting distress index was observed between mothers and fathers of pediatric cancer patients. Conclusion: The 15-item S-PSI/SF is a brief, easily administered instrument that has evidence of reliability and validity in Taiwanese parents of children with cancer. It could serve as a valuable assessment tool in clinical practice to identify parenting stress with a need for intervention.
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Citation: Acta Paediatr. 2001 Dec;90(12):1470-7.
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At the time of publication, Wenjun Li was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Link to Article in PubMed
PubMed ID
11853348
Citation Information
Chao-Hsing Yeh, M. L. Chen, Wenjun Li and H. L. Chuang. "The Chinese version of the Parenting Stress Index: a psychometric study" Vol. 90 Iss. 12 (2001) ISSN: 0803-5253 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wenjun_li/97/