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Investigation of the reliability and factor structure of a questionnaire for assessment of the premenstrual syndrome.
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PMID:  8350295     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Data are presented from 696 women who completed a 35-item retrospective self-report PMS questionnaire. Item analysis resulted in the elimination of six items which predominantly reflected physical symptomatology. The resultant (29-item) questionnaire demonstrated a coefficient alpha value of 0.94 corresponding to a very high level of internal consistency and split-half reliability. It is argued that discrepancies in previous PMS research based on questionnaire data may, in part, be due to inadequate attention being devoted to achieving homogeneity of the PMS construct. A high level of internal consistency is a necessary condition for global PMS scores to be meaningful. Factor analysis of the revised questionnaire resulted in a two factor model corresponding to 'dysphoria' and 'dysfunction'. This leads to a simple four quadrant typology of PMS which may further understanding of this 'purer' PMS construct.
J T Condon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosomatic research     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0022-3999     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosom Res     Publication Date:  1993 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-09-16     Completed Date:  1993-09-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376333     Medline TA:  J Psychosom Res     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  543-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Depression / diagnosis,  genetics,  psychology
Diseases in Twins / genetics,  psychology*
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
Premenstrual Syndrome / diagnosis*,  genetics,  psychology
Reference Values
Reproducibility of Results
Twins, Dizygotic / genetics,  psychology
Twins, Monozygotic / genetics,  psychology

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