Negative Event (hassle) Scale for University Students

Author of Tool: 

Maybery, D. J.

Key references: 

Maybery, D.J. & Graham, D. (2001). Hassles and Uplifts: Including interpersonal events . Stress and Health 17 . 91-104. 

Primary use / Purpose: 

A measure of negative events which leave people to feel distressed, upset, guilty or scared. Negative events can also lead to people feeling hostile, irritable, nervous, afraid, ashamed or frustrated.

Background: 

Over the years hassle and uplift measurement has received considerable criticism. It has been suggested that the hassle scales of Kanner and Delongis are perhaps flawed because they confound frequency of event occurrence and severity information in each item Hassle items on the Kanner scale are also thought contaminated with outcome measures of stress.4 Others have suggested that items on these scales are not representative of a broad range of population subgroups (being designed for a middle-aged population). In addition, the Kanner hassle scale asks subject’s to rate the severity of the hassle while the uplift version asks subject’s to rate frequency. The general aim of the Negative Event (hassle) Scale is to investigate if any additional prediction of distress and wellbeing outcomes would be found with the inclusion of a range of new events, mainly interpersonal events.

Psychometrics: 

For psychometrics, see Maybery, D.J. & Graham, D. (2001). Hassles and Uplifts: Including interpersonal events . Stress and Health 17 . 91-104. 

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