Date of Award

Spring 5-1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Helen Yura

Committee Member

Christine Heine

Committee Member

Linda L. Davis

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8R87


This research study consisted of four phases used to develop and test the Stress Adaptation Scale for Parents with Chronically Ill Children (ASP). The first phase dealt with developing the items on the SASP from a review of the literature and the researcher's professional experience. The SASP was then divided into the six categories of health care, social, personal, familial, financial, and spiritual. In phase II, content validity was evaluated by a panel of experts. In phase III, stability over time and face validity was demonstrated using 26 parents of chronically ill children. The SASP achieved a Pearson's r=.85 with p{.000. In phase IV, the SASP was tested for internal consistency using scores from 110 parents of chronically ill children. The entire tool and each category obtained a Cronbach's alpha >.70. Based on the results of the study, the SASP appears to have potential as a valid and reliable instrument for use in research and clinical settings.


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