A comment on Hirst's 'Evaluating the Malaise Inventory'

Bebbington, Andrew and Quine, Lyn (1987) A comment on Hirst's 'Evaluating the Malaise Inventory'. Social Psychiatry, 22 (1). pp. 5-7. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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An item analysis of the Malaise Inventory by Hirst (1983), reported in this journal, suggested that there no was no evidence of a single dimension of emotional disturbance underlying the set of items. Hirst concluded that Malaise scores were untrustworthy for testing empirical hypotheses about degrees of stress. Consideration of Hirst's paper leads to the conclusion that an inappropriate methodology was used for the factor analysis, since the correlation coefficients were based on dichotomous items that were simplifications of continuous variables. A confirmatory factor analysis of the Malaise scores of 200 mothers of severely mentally handicapped children finds that the Malaise Inventory yields a single moderate factor of stress.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:30
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 14:33
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26677 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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