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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Mothers / psychology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
  • Psychometrics
  • Puerperal Disorders / diagnosis
  • Puerperal Disorders / psychology*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Report
  • Stress, Psychological / diagnosis*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Translating