The relationship between high levels of stress and the occurrence of seizures has been postulated, and findings from studies are beginning to substantiate this hypothesis. Identifying stressors experienced by each person will help health care workers in developing plans of care. In the original epilepsy stressor inventory (ESI) persons selected stressors they had experienced that were associated with epilepsy. To facilitate congruency of the ESI with the Lazarus Transactional Stress Model, revisions were made that allow the person to rate the degree of stressfulness the stressor causes. An alpha of .93 was found indicating high internal consistency of the revised epilepsy stressor inventory (ESI-R). A test-retest reliability of .76 was found. Because the ESI-R is short (22 items) and easy to administer, it can be readily used in practice settings.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Mariah Snyder, RN, PhD, FAAN, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 308 Harvard Street SE, 6–101 Health Sciences Unit F, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455. She is a professor.
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