Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 221–236

The Survey of Recent Life Experiences: A decontaminated hassles scale for adults

  • Paul M. Kohn
  • Jennifer E. Macdonald

DOI: 10.1007/BF00848327

Cite this article as:
Kohn, P.M. & Macdonald, J.E. J Behav Med (1992) 15: 221. doi:10.1007/BF00848327


A new decontaminated hassles measure for adults, the Survey of Recent Life Experiences, was developed and validated. An initial pool of 92 items was administered to 100 subjects along with the Perceived Stress Scale. Fifty-one items were selected, based on significant correlations with the latter scale. The alpha reliability of the resultant final form of the Survey of Recent Life Experiences and its correlation with perceived stress were both high. In a separate cross-replication sample of 136 adults, the alpha reliability of the Survey and its correlation against the Perceived Stress Scale remained acceptably high. Moreover, separate-sex analyses supported the reliability and validity of the Survey of Recent Life Experiences across gender. Factor analysis of the Survey yielded six interpretable factors. Intercorrelations among subscales based on these factors were generally modest, suggesting that the scale is relatively free from contamination by psychological distress.

Key words

hassles stress adults measurement 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Kohn
    • 1
  • Jennifer E. Macdonald
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate Programme in PsychologyYork UniversityNorth YorkCanada

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