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Abdulkarim Alzayyat

Abdulkarim Alzayyat

The University of Jordan, Jordan

Title: Preliminary psychometric properties of the Arabic version of perceived stress scale


Abdulkarim Alzayyat completed his Master Degree in Clinical Nursing in 2013 with first rank in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing subspecialty from The University of Jordan. Mr. Alzayyat had a deep involvement in community mental health research and he had been awarded several research Awards. Mr. Alzayyat has so far published more than 10 papers most of them are published in ISI international journals and conferences.


The literature revealed that Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is the most utilized tool to measure clinical education stress among nursing students. The aim of this methodological study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the PSS. The study used a cross-sectional design with all questionnaires completed at classrooms. Data was collected from 160 undergraduate nursing students whom were recruited by simple random method. The study was conducted on five Jordanian universities during the 2014–2015 academic year. The exploratory factor analyses of the 29-item PSS illustrated that a five-factor solution presented the most robust explanation of the collected data. These factors are clinical teachers, providing nursing care, situation unfamiliarity, nature of clinical practice, and student’s role demands. Moreover, the scale-level CVI for the PSS was 0.94. On the other hand, the total PSS scale alpha coefficient was 0.92 and alpha coefficients for the five subscales were ranging from 0.65 to 0.83. This study supports the use of Arabic version to measure clinical education stress among Jordanian nursing students. Future studies should test the validity of the PSS by using of more advanced analyses that boost the gained results of this exploratory study