Thursday, July 13, 2006

My score is 448. I'm a little stressed about that.

How to Measure the Stress You’re Under


It’s a busy world we live in, full of change. It seems as though every day brings new changes and events. These changes tend to bring more stress into our lives and we may not even be aware of how much stress we are under.

One way to measure the amount of stress in your life is to examine the demanding events which have occurred to you recently. On the following scale, you can determine your "stress score" by adding up the number of points corresponding to the events which you have experienced in the past 12 months or expect to experience in the coming year.

The numbers on the left indicate Life Events considered having an impact on stress levels and their order of importance. Numbers on the right represent the amount, duration and severity of change required coping with each event. They are averaged from responses of hundreds of people.

Method: Add up the score for all the ‘life events’ that apply to you over the past 12 months.


Rank/ Life Event / Life Change Units

1. Death of a Spouse 100
2. Divorce 73
3. Marital Separation 65
4. Jail Term 63
5. Death of a close family member 63
6. Personal injury or illness 53
7. Marriage 50
8. Fired at work 47
9. Marital reconciliation 45
10. Retirement 45
11. Change in health of family member 44
12. Pregnancy 40
13. Sex difficulties 39
14. Gain of new family member 39
15. Business readjustment 39
16. Change in financial state 38
17. Death of a close friend 37
18. Change to different kind of work 36
19. Change in number of arguments with spouse 35
20. Mortgage over $? 31
21. Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 30
22. Change in responsibilities in work 29
23. Son or daughter leaving home 29
24. Trouble with in laws 29
25. Outstanding personal achievement 28
26. Wife begins or stops work 26
27. Begin or end school 26
28. Change in living conditions 25
29. Revision of personal habits 24
30. Trouble with boss 23
31. Change in work hours or conditions 20
32. Change in residence 20
33. Change in school 20
34. Change in recreation 19
35. Change in church activities 19
36. Change in social activities 18
37. Mortgage loans less than? 17
38. Change in sleeping habits 16
39. Change in number of family get-togethers 15
40. Change in eating habits 15
41. Vacation 13
42. Christmas 12
43. Minor violation of the law 11


Life Change scale:
0-150….....No significant problems
150-199....Mild life crisis (33% chance of illness)
200-299….Moderate life crises (50% chance of illness)
300-?….....Major life crisis (80% chance of illness)



The ‘Social Readjustment Rating Scale’ authors: Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe

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