TitleUnderstanding stress reports in daily life: a coordinated analysis of factors associated with the frequency of reporting stress.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsZawadzki, MJ, Scott, SB, Almeida, DM, Lanza, ST, Conroy, DE, Sliwinski, MJ, Kim, J, Marcusson-Clavertz, D, Stawski, RS, Green, PM, Sciamanna, CN, Johnson, JA, Smyth, JM
JournalJ Behav Med
Date Published01/2019
ISSN1573-3521
Abstract
 

Although stress is a common experience in everyday life, a clear understanding of how often an individual experiences and reports stress is lacking. Notably, there is little information regarding factors that may influence how frequently stress is reported, including which stress dimension is measured (i.e., stressors-did an event happen, subjective stress-how stressed do you feel, conditional stress-how stressful a stressor was) and the temporal features of that assessment (i.e., time of day, day of study, weekday vs. weekend day). The purpose of the present study was to conduct a coordinated analysis of five independent ecological momentary assessment studies utilizing varied stress reporting dimensions and temporal features. Results indicated that, within days, stress was reported at different frequencies depending on the stress dimension. Stressors were reported on 15-32% of momentary reports made within a day; across days, the frequency ranged from 42 to 76% of days. Depending on the cutoff, subjective stress was reported more frequently ranging about 8-56% of all moments within days, and 40-90% of days. Likewise, conditional stress ranged from just 3% of moments to 22%, and 11-69% of days. For the temporal features, stress was reported more frequently on weekdays (compared to weekend days) and on days earlier in the study (relative to days later in the study); time of day was inconsistently related to stress reports. In sum, stress report frequency depends in part on how stress is assessed. As such, researchers may wish to measure stress in multiple ways and, in the case of subjective and conditional stress with multiple operational definitions, to thoroughly characterize the frequency of stress reporting.

DOI10.1007/s10865-018-00008-x
Alternate JournalJ Behav Med
PubMed ID30600403
Grant ListUH2-AG052167 / / National Institutes of Aging /
R01 AG039409 / / National Institute on Aging /
R01 AG042595 / / National Institute on Aging /
P01 AG03949 / / National Institute on Aging /
CTSA 1UL1TR001073 / / National Institute on Aging /
R01 AG026728 / / National Institute on Aging /
R01 HL067990 / / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute /
R01 HL109340 / / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute /