Life event scales: Psychophysical training and rating dimension effects on event-weighting coefficients

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Abstract

Studied 54 Ss chosen randomly from the community who responded to questionnaires and rated either “social readjustment” or “stressfulness” for the events in the Social Readjustment Rating Scale. 27 Ss were given psychophysical training before rating the events. The training did not have a significant effect on the ratings. However, stressfulness ratings were consistently higher than those of social readjustment, and the data suggest that this effect interacted with the events rated. It is suggested that choice of event dimension influences the ability to predict a dependent measure from weighted life events. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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