Somatoform Symptoms Scale
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About Somatoform Symptoms Scale Urdu
Somatoform Symptoms Scale (SSS; Naz & Kausar, 2012): To assess the severity of the symptoms of conversion symptoms, a sub-scale of SSS was used. SSS is an indigenously developed scale. In SSS, all the symptoms of different types of somatoform disorders (according to DSM-IV-TR, APA, 2000) were translated into the Urdu language. For the sub-scale of conversion symptoms, the scale was based on the symptoms list that is used in DSM-IV-TR (APA, 2000) criteria for the disorder.
These symptoms included sensory and motor symptoms for conversion disorder. Sensory symptoms (6 items) included loss of sensations, feeling extra sensations, loss of the part of sensation, loss of pain sensation, extraordinary sensations, and failure of a part of the body. Motor symptoms (8 items) included whispering only, tremors of different body parts, stiffness in joints, difficulty in moving different parts of body, constipation, fits of cough, feeling suffocation, feeling numbness. The scale measures severity of symptoms on 5 points Likert scale ranging from not at all (0) to very severe (4). Cronbach’s alpha for this sub-scale for the present research is fairly good that is .87.