A short form of the Crisis in Family Systems (CRISYS) in a racially diverse sample of pregnant women

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Assessing stressful life events in large-scale epidemiologic studies is challenged by the need to measure potential stressful events in a reasonably comprehensible manner balanced with burden on participants and research staff. The aim of this paper was to create a short form of the Crisis in Family Systems-Revised (CRISYS-R) plus 17 acculturation items, a measure that captures contemporary life stressors across 11 domains. Latent class analysis (LCA) was used to segment the sample of 884 women from the PRogramming of Intergenerational Stress Mechanisms (PRISM) study experiencing different patterns of exposure to stressful events and identify items from each domain that best discriminate between individuals with different patterns of stressful-event exposures (high vs. low stress exposure). The results from the LCA, in conjunction with the expert opinions provided by the original developers of the CRISYS, yielded a 24-item item short form (CRISYS-SF) with at least one question from each of the original domains. Scores on the 24-item CRISYS-SF had high correlations with scores on the 80-item CRISYS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8393-8401
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Apr 2023


  • CRISYS-short form
  • Latent Class Analysis
  • Life-event checklist
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Stressful Life Events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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