The Stress Scale

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The Stress Scale

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The Stress Scale
The Stress Scale
Fifty-one stressful situations -- how many are currently affecting you?
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The Stress Scale

We all experience stress differently, but certain common events and transitions — births and deaths, injury or illness, being a victim of crime, having dramatic changes in your financial or family situation — add stress. Several studies have shown that about 50 major life events can be ranked according to the degree of stress they cause. The greater the number of stressful events we experience, the higher our risk of developing a physical illness or mental disorder.

  1. Death of spouse or mate
  2. Death of a close family member
  3. Major injury or illness
  4. Detention in jail or other institution
  5. Major injury or illness in a close family member
  6. Foreclosure on a loan or mortgage
  7. Divorce
  8. Being a victim of crime
  9. Being a victim of police brutality
  10. Infidelity
  11. Domestic violence or sexual abuse
  12. Separation or reconciliation with a spouse or mate
  13. Being fired, laid off or unemployed
  14. Experiencing financial problems or difficulties
  15. Death of a close friend
  16. Surviving a disaster
  17. Becoming a single parent
  18. Assuming responsibility for a sick or elderly loved one
  19. Loss or major reduction in health insurance or benefits
  20. Self or a close family member being arrested for violating the law
  21. Major disagreement over child support, custody or visitation
  22. Experiencing or being involved in an auto accident
  23. Being disciplined or demoted at work
  24. Dealing with unwanted pregnancy
  25. Having an adult child move in or moving in with an adult child
  26. Having a child with a behavior or learning problem
  27. Experiencing discrimination or sexual harassment at work
  28. Attempting to modify addictive behavior
  29. Discovering or attempting to modify addictive behavior in a close family member
  30. Employer reorganization or downsizing
  31. Dealing with infertility or miscarriage
  32. Getting married or remarried
  33. Changing employers or careers
  34. Failing to obtain or qualify for a mortgage
  35. Pregnancy of self or of spouse or mate
  36. Experiencing discrimination or harassment outside the workplace
  37. Release from jail
  38. Spouse or mate begins or ceases work outside the home
  39. Major disagreement with boss or coworker
  40. Change in residence
  41. Finding appropriate child care or day care
  42. Experiencing a large unexpected monetary gain
  43. Changing positions (transfer or promotion)
  44. Gaining a new family member
  45. Changing work responsibilities
  46. Having a child leave home
  47. Obtaining a home mortgage
  48. Obtaining a major loan other than a home mortgage
  49. Retirement
  50. Beginning or ceasing formal education
  51. Receiving a ticket for violating the law



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Last updated February 26, 2008

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