A life-change measure as a screening device for psychological services among three collegiate groups.

Psychological Reports (Impact Factor: 0.53). 11/1980; 47(2):559-65. DOI: 10.2466/pr0.1980.47.2.559
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    ABSTRACT: Six hundred and seventy‐seven junior high school students completed a life events scale developed for early adolescents. Responses differentiated total from undesirable and desirable events. Although the reliability of adolescents' reporting was reassuring (3‐month test‐retest correlations of 0.64, 0.58, and 0.69 for total, undesirable, and desirable events, respectively), the validity of responses, especially with regard to time frame, appeared questionable. Greater numbers of life events were reported by blacks, lower social class subjects, and ninth graders. Other sociodemographic and school‐related variables related differently to the various types of life events, suggesting these measures should not be used interchangeably.
    No preview · Article · Dec 1987 · Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry