Assessing Construct Validity of the DASS Stress Scale

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Bonnie Nicholson

Advisor Department



The purpose of this study was to investigate the construct validity of the DASS Stress scale. To date, no study has examined the DASS Stress scale with other measures of stress. One hundred thirty-nine participants from a Southeastern university participated in the study and were administered the DASS and various measures of stress, life satisfaction, and coping to investigate evidence of convergent and discriminant validity. The results of this study suggest that the DASS Stress scale was related to perceived stress and negatively correlated with life satisfaction. The DASS Stress scale, however was also related to increased use of coping skills, and did not account for significantly more variance in these relationships than the DASS Anxiety scale. The implications of these findings and the limitations of this study are discussed.