Validation of the Arabic Version of the Parental Stressor Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PSS: NICU)
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a highly stressful environment for parents. The Parental Stressor Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PSS: NICU) has been validated and used in several languages aside Arabic. This study aimed at translating the scale to Arabic (A-PSS: NICU) and validating it using a cohort of parents of infants admitted to the NICU. Between August 2015 and May 2017, the reliability and construct validity of the A-PSS: NICU were tested on 207 mothers and fathers in two tertiary care hospitals within Greater Beirut. Participants answered the A-PSS: NICU questionnaire, and were interviewed by a clinical psychologist who used the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A). An exploratory factor analysis revealed that the A-PSS: NICU is composed of four factors. The A-PSS: NICU overall reliability was excellent (Cronbach's alpha .92). The A-PSS: NICU scores correlated positively and significantly with those of the HAM-A (r = .24, p < .0001). The A-PSS: NICU is a valid and reliable measure of parents' stress in the NICU. Using this scale may prove to be beneficial to Arabic-speaking parents as it assists health professionals in identifying potential stressors that can be addressed during the infants' stay within the NICU.
Masri S, Charafeddine L, Tamim H, Naamani M, Jammal T, Akoury-Dirani L. Validation of the Arabic Version of the Parental Stressor Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PSS: NICU). Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings. 2019.
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