A multi-modal questionnaire for stress

J Human Stress. 1985 Summer;11(2):69-75. doi: 10.1080/0097840X.1985.9936741.


This paper presents data regarding the Strain Questionnaire (SQ), a 48-item scale designed to measure self-report levels of behavioral, cognitive, and physical stress complaints. A heterogeneous sample of 412 adults completed the SQ, and correlational, reliability, factor analytic and validity data are reported. Results suggest that the items reflect a wide range of content which show high internal consistency on each of the three subscales and the total SQ. Test-retest reliability demonstrated satisfactory temporal stability of the scales. Factor analysis of the SQ produced eleven orthogonal factors. The most salient factor was "cognitive/behavioral strain" which highlights the necessity for including these variables in self-report surveys of stress. Future research needs are also discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Arousal
  • Depression / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Psychometrics
  • Social Environment
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*