The derivation of a brief Student Nurse Stress Index

Martyn C. Jones, Derek W. Johnston

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The lack of an adequate measure of perceived sources of stress for student nurses led to the construction of the Student Nurse Stress Index (SNSI). Responses from 235 first-year student nurses to 35 items from the Beck and Srivastava Stress Inventory (Beck, and Srivastava, 1991), and 15 new items, were subjected to exploratory factor analysis using principal components analysis and oblimin rotation. A reliable 22-variable solution with a simple oblique structure including Academic load, Clinical sources, Interface worries, and Personal problems factors was obtained in this initial sample, and confirmed at an exploratory level in a further independent validation sample of 188 first-year students. Confirmatory factor analysis established the four-factor model in the first sample, but required that three variables load onto more than one factor. This more complex four-factor model was confirmed using independent data from the validation sample, and the total invariance of factor loadings and factor covariances of this more complex four-factor model was established in both data sets simultaneously using multi-sample techniques. The SNSI shows cross-sample factor congruence, good internal reliabilities, and concurrent and discriminant validity across a range of reporting conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-181
Number of pages20
JournalWork & Stress
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • stress
  • student nurse
  • exploratory/confirmatory factor analysis
  • medical-students
  • questionnaire
  • covariance
  • episodes
  • distress
  • models
  • work

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