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Test Your Level of Stress
 

In a now-famous American study from 1967, Dr. Thomas H. Holmes and Dr. Richard H. Rahe created a do-it-yourself stress test. They examined the stress—measured the Life Changes (LCU)—that induced by experiences ranging from the death of a spouse to getting a traffic ticket. By adding the LCUs values of the past year, you can predict the likelihood of stress related illness or accident.

Total LCU below 150: 35% chance of illness or accident
   within two years
Total LCU between 150 - 300: 51%
Total LCU over 300: 80% chance of illness or accident


Adapted from the "Social Readjustment Rating Scale" by Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe. This scale was first published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 1967, vol. II p. 214.

Holmes and Rahe Life Change Scale Stress Test
What events have happened to you in the past 12 months?
*

 
 

Life Event ... Event Value

Your Score

 

Death of Spouse

100

 

Divorce

73

 

Marital Separation

65

 

Jail term

63

 

Death of close family member

63

 

Personal injury/illness

53

 

Marriage

50

 

Fired from work

47

 

Marital reconciliation

45

 

Retirement

45

 

Change in family member's health

44

 

Pregnancy

40

 

Sex difficulties

39

 

Addition to family

39

 

Business readjustment

39

 

Change in financial status

38

 

Death of a close friend

37

 

Change in number of marital arguments

35

 

Mortgage/Loan greater than $10,000

31

 

Foreclosure of mortgage/loan

30

 

Change in work responsibilities

29

 

Son/daughter leaving home

29

 

Trouble with in-laws

29

 

Outstanding achievement

28

 

Spouse begins work

26

 

Start or finish school

26

 

Change in living conditions

25

 

Revision of personal habits

24

 

Trouble with boss

23

 

Change in work hours, conditions

20

 

Change in residence

20

 

Change in school

20

 

Change in recreational habits

19

 

Change in religious activities

19

 

Change in social activities

18

 

Mortgage/Loan less than $10,000

18

 

Change in sleeping habits

16

 

Change in number of family gatherings

15

 

Change in eating habits

15

 

Vacation

13

 

Celebrated Christmas/Hanukkah

12

 

Minor violation of law

11

Total Score:       


If your score is 200 points or more and you have not been feeling well, it might be wise to have a check-up. If your score is 200 or more and you're feeling good, you are probably handling the changes rather well.

Click HERE for the article, "Turning Stress In to Success"

*NOTE: The chart above is from Peninsular Behavioral Health http://www.covenanthealth.com/aboutus/pbh/pbh-lifechange.cfm

 

 
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