International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 441–448

Development and validation of the stressful life event questionnaire

  • Hamidreza Roohafza
  • Mohammadarash Ramezani
  • Masoumeh Sadeghi
  • Maryam Shahnam
  • Behzad Zolfagari
  • Nizal Sarafzadegan
Original Article



This study evaluates the development of the stressful life event (SLE) questionnaire and tests the validity and reliability of it.


In total, 3,951 adults aged over 18 years completed the SLE questionnaire. The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) was used to further validate the SLE questionnaire.


Eleven domains, including home life, financial problems, social relation, personal conflict, job conflict, educational concerns, job security, loss and separation, sexual life, daily life, and health concerns were obtained by factor analysis. Correlation coefficient was moderately significant among domains of the SLE questionnaire and moderately between the SLE questionnaire and GHQ-12 score, as well. The results of the discriminate validity analysis were promising. In addition, standardized Cronbach’-α was 92%.


The resultant SLE questionnaire is, therefore, suggested to be potential for the stress measurement in both community and primary care setting.


Stress Stress measurement Development Validity Reliability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hamidreza Roohafza
    • 1
  • Mohammadarash Ramezani
    • 2
  • Masoumeh Sadeghi
    • 3
  • Maryam Shahnam
    • 1
  • Behzad Zolfagari
    • 4
  • Nizal Sarafzadegan
    • 3
  1. 1.Mental Health Department, Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center (WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Cardiovascular Diseases Control)Isfahan University of Medical SciencesIsfahanIran
  2. 2.Statistic and Evaluation Department, Isfahan Cardiovascular Research CenterIsfahan University of Medical SciencesIsfahanIran
  3. 3.Isfahan Cardiovascular Research CenterIsfahan University of Medical SciencesIsfahanIran
  4. 4.Department of PharmacognosyIsfahan University of Medical SciencesIsfahanIran

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