Factor Structure of the Russian Version of the Somatic Symptom Scale-8 (SSS-8)

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Abstract

The Somatic Symptom Scale-8 (SSS-8) is one of the most common and psychometrically sound instruments for self-reporting somatization and eight specific somatic symptoms [7]. Objective. This study was aimed to adapt and examine the factor structure of the Russian SSS-8. Methods. A total sample of 167 care home residents completed the Russian version of the SSS-8 and questionnaire covering socio-demographic information. Results. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses showed that the adapted scale demonstrated a single-factor structure evaluating the somatization total score via medically unexplained symptoms (stomach or bowel problems; back pain; pain in arms, legs, or joints; headaches; chest pain or shortness of breath; dizziness; feeling tired or having low energy; trouble sleeping). The Cronbach’s α coefficient for the SSS-8 total score was 0,76, indicating the good internal consistency. Conclusions. The Russian version of the SSS-8 is a reliable and valid measure assessing somatic symptoms in care home residents.

General Information

Keywords: SSS-8, somatic symptoms, factor structure, psychosomatic medicine

Journal rubric: Testing and Validating Instruments

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2022300302

Acknowledgements. The author would like to thank the care home staff who helped collect the data and all volunteers who participated in this study

Received: 13.07.2021

Accepted:

For citation: Zolotareva A.A. Factor Structure of the Russian Version of the Somatic Symptom Scale-8 (SSS-8). Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2022. Vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 8–20. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2022300302. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Alyona A. Zolotareva, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Senior Research Fellow at the International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5724-2882, e-mail: alena.a.zolotareva@gmail.com

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