An evaluation of the Malaise Inventory

J Psychosom Res. 1986;30(2):147-52. doi: 10.1016/0022-3999(86)90044-9.


This paper reports some psychometric properties of the Malaise Inventory of Rutter and colleagues from a longitudinal study of a large sample of New Zealand mothers. Malaise scores were relatively stable over time and the scale showed good psychometric properties. The measure was also sensitive to potential sources of adversity in the backgrounds of the women. Some recommendations regarding a number of the questionnaire items are made.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Psychometrics
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology
  • Sick Role