Further Psychometric Support for the 10-Item Version of the Perceived Stress Scale


New College of Florida, Parkview House, 5700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 (e-mail: Jroberti@ncf.edu).


Because of increased stress conditions in college students, updated psychometrics of the Perceived Stress Scale, 10-item version (PSS-10; S. Cohen & G. Williamson, 1988) are necessary. Participants were 281 undergraduates at 3 public universities. An exploratory factor analysis revealed a 2-factor structure measuring Perceived Helplessness and Perceived Self-Efficacy. Normative results, internal consistencies, and construct validity were supported. The current findings reveal that the PSS-10 is a reliable and valid instrument for assessment of perceived stress in college students.