Sources of stress in Australian adolescents: Factor structure and stability over time

D. G. Byrne*, J. Mazanov

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    Abstract

    Adolescent stress is an emerging area of importance in considerations of the health of young people. Exposure to stress predicts a range of both physical and mental health problems in adolescents and relates, as well, to the initiation of important health risk behaviours. Yet the measurement of stress in adolescents has been as fraught with methodological difficulty as it has been for adults. This paper examines the Adolescent Stress Questionnaire (ASQ) which was developed specifically to address the domain of stressors specific to adolescent experience and looks at three cohorts of responses to this questionnaire over time (1995, 1998 and 2001). It assesses the stability of the original 7-factor structure of the ASQ over time, and while confirmatory factor analysis indicates that stability to be acceptable, it also suggests that either adolescent stressors themselves, or the language by which they are reported, vary sufficiently over time to warrant the refinement of the instrument.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)185-192
    Number of pages8
    JournalStress and Health
    Volume18
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002

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