Assessment of Stress in Parents of Congenital Amputees: Preliminary Report


In response to comments from parents that critical issues were not tapped by stress questionnaires used in an earlier study of family stress (Minnes 1985), a questionnaire was developed to assess stress specifically in parents of congenital amputees. A comprehensive list of items was based upon clinical experience of professional workers, feedback from parents on the Executive of the Ontario Parents of Amputee Children Association, and information from existing questionnaires. The questionnaire has been tested on 69 parents of preschool-aged children. Tests for internal consistency indicate that correlation coefficients are within the acceptable range for subscales concerning Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery, Personal Reactions, Family Reactions, and Reactions of Others.

Correlational analyses between scores on this instrument and the Beck Depression Inventory, Parenting Stress Index, and the Jackson Social Desirability Scale are low, indicating support for the validity and usefulness of this instrument.

Minnes, PM; Family Adjustment to Stress Associated with a Limb-deficient Child, Journal of the Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics 20:62-63, 1985

Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6