Scale name: College Student Stress Scale
Scale overview: The College Student Stress Scale is an 11-item self-report assessment of college students’ response to items about distress, feeling anxious, or questioning their ability.
Response Type: Items are rated on a scale of frequency of occurrence from 1 = Never to 5 = Very Often.
Scale instructions and items
For the following items, report how often each has occurred this semester using the following scale
Examples (See the reference for the wording of the 11 items.)
Item 1. asks about personal relationships
Item 2. asks about family
Reliability: Cronbach’s alpha = .87 in a sample of 185 college students (Feldt & Koch, 2011)
Validity: Findings from a follow-up study revealed strong convergent validity with the Perceived Stress Scale (r = .80). The authors also reported “Zero-order coefficients of correlation indicated that the CSSS total score is significantly correlated with neuroticism (large effect size) and also test anxiety and self-efficacy for learning and performance (both medium effect size)” (Feldt & Koch, 2011)
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References for the scale
Feldt, R. C. (2008). College Student Stress Scale [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/t07526-000
Feldt, R. C., & Koch, C. (2011). Reliability and Construct Validity of the College Student Stress Scale. Psychological Reports, 108(2), 660–666. https://doi.org/10.2466/02.08.13.16.PR0.108.2.660-666
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