Validation of the parenting stress index among Chinese mothers in Hong Kong

Kwok‐Kwan ‐K Tam, Yuk Chung Chan, Chi‐Kin Max Wong

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This paper presents the validation results of the Parenting Stress Index (PSI) as applied to a sample of Chinese mothers in Hong Kong. A cross‐sectional research survey was launched employing a purposive sample of 248 Hong Kong Chinese mothers. The PSI was found to have a reliability coefficient of .93. The concurrent validity of the instrument was established by correlations of the PSI with various measurements for stress. Moreover, results from discriminant analysis indicated that using PSI scores, “high‐stress” respondents could be discriminated from “low‐stress” respondents with 93% overall accuracy. Finally, results of the study replicated the major factorial structure of the original scale. The present study indicates that the PSI represents an appropriate tool for measuring parenting stress with Hong Kong Chinese mothers. Findings from the study will facilitate practitioners and administrators in early screening of parenting stress, individual diagnostic assessment, pre‐post measures of intervention effectiveness, and future research in parenting stress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-223
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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