The contextual threat of life events: the concept and its reliability

Psychol Med. 1979 Aug;9(3):525-8. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700032086.


The reliability of Brown's contextual measure of threat is assessed and found to be highly satisfactory. Previously inexperienced raters achieve highly reliable ratings after only brief training. The implications for the concept of the threat of life events are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Life Change Events*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*