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ERIC Number: EJ967380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0739-9863
Using Qualitative Methods for Revising Items in the Hispanic Stress Inventory
Cervantes, Richard C.; Goldbach, Jeremy T.; Padilla, Amado M.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v34 n2 p208-231 May 2012
Despite progress in the development of measures to assess psychosocial stress experiences in the general population, a lack of culturally informed assessment instruments exist to enable clinicians and researchers to detect and accurately diagnosis mental health concerns among Hispanics. The Hispanic Stress Inventory (HSI) was developed specifically for Hispanic adults, however, significant social and geopolitical changes over the past two decades have affected the types and intensity of stress experienced by Hispanics. Immigration related policy changes, for example, affect stress experiences among newer immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries in ways that items in the original HSI may no longer capture the full range of today's stressors. Using expert interviews from Hispanic mental health experts and data gathered in 16 community-based focus groups at two distinct study sites, the goal of the current study was to identify new item content to include in a revised HSI. Using content analysis of all interview data, a total of 155 new stressor items and seven unique stress domains were generated. Content validity analysis using Kappa coefficient reveal high interrater validity for new HSI item content. Findings are described in depth, and recommendations for future research are identified. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; United States