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Tip of the Week
Once a week we will put an item from a reputable scientific source here.

How stressed are you?

 

Are you one of those people who claim to have no stress? Quite frankly, the only time we have no stress is when we are dead.

Review the list of life events below, write down the score of every one that applies to you, then tally the numbers to determine your chance of developing stress-related illness.

 

Life Events
Score
 Death of spouse
 100
 Divorce
 73
 Marital separation from mate
 65
 Detention in jail, other institution
 63
 Death of a close family member
 63
 Major personal injury or illness
 53
 Marriage
 50
 Fired from work
 47
 Marital reconciliation
 45
 Retirement
 45
 Major change in the health or behaviour of a family member
 44
 Pregnancy
 40
 Sexual difficulties
 39
 Gaining a new family member  (e.g., through birth, adoption, senior moving in, etc.)
 39
 Major business re-adjustment   (e.g., merger, reorganisation, bankruptcy)
 39
 Major change in financial status
 38
 Death of close friend
 37
 Change to different line of work
 36
 Major change in the number of arguments with spouse
 35
 Taking out a mortgage or loan for a major purchase
 31
 Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan
 30
 Major change in responsibilities at work
 29
 Son or daughter leaving home  (e.g., marriage, attending college)
 29
 Trouble with in-laws
 29
 Outstanding personal achievement
 28
 Spouse beginning or ceasing to work outside the home
 26
 Beginning or ceasing formal schooling
 26
 Major change in living conditions
 25
 Revision of personal habits (dress, manners, associations, etc.)
 24
 Trouble with boss
 23
 Major change in working hours or conditions
 20
 Change in residence
 20
 Change to a new school
 20
 Major change in usual type and/or amount of recreation
 19
 Major change in church activities (a lot more or less than usual)
 19
 Major change in social activities  (clubs, dancing, movies, visiting)
 18
 Taking out a mortgage or loan for a lesser purchase (e.g., for a car, TV, freezer, etc.)
 17
 Major change in sleeping habits
 16
 Major change in the number of family get-togethers
 15
 Major change in eating habits
 15
 Vacation
 13
Christmas season
 12
 Minor violations of the law   (e.g., traffic tickets, etc. )
 11
 TOTAL
 

 

SCORING FOR THE HOLMES-RAHE SOCIAL READJUSTMENT SCALE

            Fewer than 150 life change units = 30% chance of developing
a stress-related illness

            150 - 299 life change units

= 50% chance of illness
            Over 300 life change units = 80% chance of illness

 

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