Carnegie Mellon University

Cohen- Hoberman Inventory of Physical Symptoms (CHIPS)

To create a total score, sum the scores across the 33 items.

The CHIPS is a list if 33 common physical symptoms.  Items were carefully selected so as to exclude symptoms of an obviously psychological nature (e.g., felt nervous or depressed).  The scale does, however, include many physical symptoms that have been traditionally viewed as psychosomatic (e.g., headache, weight loss).  Each item is rated for how much that problem bothered or distressed the individual during the past two weeks.  Items are rated on a 5-point scale from "not at all" to "extremely".