Cohen-Hoberman Inventory of Physical Symptoms (CHIPS)

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Author of Tool: 

Cohen, S & Hoberman, H.

Key references: 

Cohen, S., & Hoberman, H. (1983). Positive events and social supports as buffers of life change stress. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 13, 99-125.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 13, 99-125.  

Primary use / Purpose: 

Measure of percieved burden from physical symptoms, and resulting psychological effect

Background: 

Evidence of an association between recent stressful life events and a variety of psychological and physical disorders has steadily been increasing. The Cohen-Hoberman Inventory of Physical Symptoms (CHIPS)  is a list of 39 commonn physical symptoms. Items were selected so as to exclude items of an obvious psychological nature. Each item is reated on a 5-point Likert scale for how much that item bothered or distressed the individual during the past two weeks.

Psychometrics: 

In two separate college student samples, CHIPS was found to significantly correlate (.22 and .29) with use of Student Health Facilities in the 5 week period following completion of the scale, and the internal reliability (Cronbach’s alpha) of the scale is 88.

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Files: 

PDF iconCHIPS Scale and Scoring

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 

https://dx.doi.org/10.13072/midss.462

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