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#83: Stress Recognition -- Part 3

Sunday, September 20, 2009

This last part of a three-part series on stress recognition will assess a respondent's overall stress level as related to changes in life events.

Because stress has been linked to overeating, recognizing our stress levels can lead us to activities such as walking, house cleaning, etc., that may take our mind off of food.

For each of the following sections, note the score related to each individual life event as it relates to your particular life situation within the past year.


Developed by Richard H. Rahe, M.D.


Being fired from work = 47
Retirement from work = 45
Major business adjustment = 39
Changing to different line of work = 36
Major change in work responsibilities = 29
Trouble with boss = 23
Major change in working conditions = 20


Major personal injury or illness = 53
Outstanding personal achievement = 28
Major revision of personal habits = 24
Major change in recreation = 19
Major change in church activities = 19
Major change in sleeping habits = 16
Major change in eating habits = 15
Vacation = 13


Detention in jail = 63
Sexual difficulties = 39
Death of a close friend = 37
Start or end of formal schooling = 26
Major change in living conditions = 25
Changing to a new school = 20
Change in residence = 20
Change in social activities = 13
Minor violations of the law = 11


Death of a spouse = 100
Divorce = 73
Marital separation = 65
Death of a close family member = 63
Marriage = 50
Marital reconciliation = 45
Major changes in health of family = 44
Pregnancy = 40
Addition of new family member = 39
Major changes in arguments with spouse = 35
Son or daughter leaving home = 29
In-law troubles = 29
Spouse starting or ending work = 26
Major changes in family get-togethers = 15


Major change in financial state = 38
Mortgage or loan over $10,000 = 31
Mortgage foreclosure = 30
Mortgage or loan less than $10,000 = 17


Total points = 0-150 = Low ambient or normal stress level
Total points = 150-300 = Normal stress level for most people
Total points = 300 or more = Above normal stress level for most people

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Part 1 of this series was a questionnaire to determine whether a respondent has a stress-prone personality. Part 2 assessed individual stress levels. Part 3 measures stress levels related to life event changes.

This series of questionnaires are adapted from Stress Recognition and Resolution training.

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"What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him." Viktor Frankl

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A personal note: After inputting this questionnaire, it was erased somehow before it could be posted and had to be redone. Since this related to stress recognition, I sighed heavily then began again. Yelling and screaming weren't going to help re-gain the lost material. Oh, well. Stuff happens. :)
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    Thank you Lou, for clearing that up, I will retake it and hopefully that will improve my score!
    4180 days ago
    Thank you for posting this. Wow, great information, and I will refer to it often.
    4181 days ago
    Joy ~~ You are very perceptive. In my frustration over losing the first inputting of this section I forgot to put in within the past year. I'll edit it to make it clear. Thanks for catching that. -- Lou
    4181 days ago
    Lou, as we answer these questions ....do they pertain to the last 12 months? Like if you retired say 3 years ago ,then do you count those points or only if you retired in the past year?
    I am not sure how to answer the questions. All of us have had someone dear to us die, but do we count it if it was longer than a year ago? Need more information to answer the questions. I am divorced ,but it was 14 years ago, do I count the points for divorce or only if it happen in the past 12 months or 3 years etc. emoticon
    4181 days ago
    I sure appreciate all the info. I will print it out for future reference.
    4181 days ago
    Oh my Goodness ! Thank you twice for the info. It really is appreciated ........ emoticon
    4181 days ago
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