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Stress Quiz

About the Social Readjustment Rating Scale

This is the Social Readjustment Rating Scale. It was developed in the fifties by a group of scientists led by Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe. It ranks forty-three stressful experiences on a scale based on the severity of the impact on a person's life, using LCUs, or Life Changing Units. To figure out how much each experience is worth in LCUs, many people were interviewed and medical histories were consulted to see which stressors affected the body the most. In these interviews getting married was a common stressor, and usually it weighed heavier than most, so it was given the value of 50 LCUs and all of the other stressors were fitted in based on how they compared to marriage. This is probably not the best system for measuring the amount of stress in people's lives, and there has been a lot of critism concerning it, the main argument being that humans are complex beings should not ever be measured on a linear scale. It is the quiz included here however, because it is concise and easy to use, and the ratings will be correct for most cultures and circumstances with only slight variations.

The Social Readjustment Rating Scale

Add up the LCU values of any of the following that you have experienced within the last year.

STRESS QUIZ
Life Event
Death of spouse
Divorce
Marital Separation
Jail Term
Death of a close family member
Personal injury or illness
Marriage
Fired from job
Marital reconciliation
Retirement
Change in health of family member
Pregnancy
Sex difficulties
Gain of new family member
Business readjustment
Change in financial state
Death of a close friend
Change to a different line of work
Change in number of arguments with spouse
Mortgage over $10 000
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan
Change in responsibilities at work/home
Child leaving home
Trouble with relatives
Outstanding personal achievement
Spouse begins or stops work
Begin or end school
Change in living conditions
Revision of personal habits
Trouble with boss
Change in work hours or conditions
Change in residence
Change in schools
Change in recreation
Change in religious activities
Change in social activities
Mortgage or loan less than $10 000
Change in sleeping habits
Change in number of family get-togethers
Change in eating habits
Vacation
Christmas
Minor violations of the law
LCU value
100
73
65
63
63
53
50
47
45
45
44
40
39
39
39
38
37
36
35
31
30
29
29
29
28
26
26
25
24
23
20
20
20
19
19
18
17
16
15
15
13
12
11

What your score means

Your total LCU value shows how stressed you are and how likely it is that you will suffer from a stress related disease.
If your score is:
less than 150-small risk
150-199-mild risk
200-299-moderate risk
greater than 300-major risk. There is a large chance that you will burn out and become ill within the next year.

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