The objectives of this study were to develop a cross-cultural Chinese version of the Emotional and Social Dysfunction Questionnaire (ESDQ-C) and test its validity and reliability among Chinese-speaking stroke patients. Various methods were used to develop the ESDQ-C. A cross-sectional study was used to examine the validity and reliability of the developed questionnaire, which consists of 28 items belonging to six factors, anger, helplessness, emotional dyscontrol, indifference, inertia and fatigue, and euphoria. Satisfactory convergence and known-group validities were confirmed by significant correlations of the ESDQ-C with the Profile of Mood States–Short Form (p <.05) and with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (p <.05). The internal consistency was represented by Cronbach’s alpha, which was.96 and.79 to.92 for the entire scale and subscales, respectively. Appropriate application of the ESDQ-C will be helpful to identify critical adjustment-related types of distress and patients who experience difficulty coping with such distress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-782
Number of pages20
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Emotional and Social Dysfunction Questionnaire (ESDQ)
  • emotional distress
  • psychometric properties
  • social distress
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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