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Concurrent Validity of the Malay Version of Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10)

Sami AR Al-Dubai, Ankur Barua, Kurubaran Ganasegeran, Saad A Jadoo, Krishna G Rampal


Objective: This study aimed to assess the concurrent validity of the Malay version of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) PSS-10 item. Methods: A crosssectional study was conducted among all students in a medical faculty in Malaysia. The questionnaire included three parts; socio-demographic correlates, PSS-10 and the validated Malay version of Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale- 21 item (DASS-21). Spearman's correlation coefficient was used in the analysis. Results: Stress subscale of DASS -21 correlated positively with the total score of PSS-10 (r= +0.50, p < 0.001), positively with the negative subscale of PSS-10 (r= +0.36, p < 0.001) and negatively with the positive subscale of PSS-10 (perceived coping) (r= -0.33, p < 0.001). Conclusion: The Malay Version of PSS-10 has fair correlation with the stress subscale of DASS-21. This confirmed the concurrent validity of this scale, which further strengthened the previous evidence that the Malay version of PSS-10 was a valid tool to measure stress in Malaysian university students. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 15 (1): January – June 2014: 8-13.


Malay; Version; Stress; Medical; Students; Psychological Distress

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