Symptom contamination of the Schedule of Recent Events

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357 undergraduates completed the Schedule of Recent Events (SRE) and T. Langer's 22-item psychiatric symptom screening index. The correlation between unit weighted SRE scores and the symptom measure was significant and did not improve when the SRE scores were weighted by life change units. Four items from the SRE were identified as possibly representing symptoms in and of themselves. Correlations between each SRE item and the symptom measure were calculated, and it was found that these 4 items correlated more highly with the symptom scores than all but 2 of the remaining items from the SRE. It is suggested that because certain SRE items apparently represent symptoms, observed correlations between the SRE and various symptom measures may be artifactually high. (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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