Please follow the directions below.

Determine which life events have occurred in your life over the past two years and add up your total stress score. If your total score is under 150, you are less likely to be suffering the effects of cumulative stress. If it is between 150 and 300, you may be suffering from chronic stress, depending on how you perceived and coped with the particular life events that occurred. If your score is over 300, it is likely you are experiencing some detrimental effects of cumulative stress. Please note that the degree to which any particular event is stressful to you will depend on how you perceive it.
Resource: 1967, by Pergamon Press, Inc.
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EVENTS SCALE OF IMPACT

  • Death of a spouse 100
  • Divorce 73
  • Marital separation 65
  • Jail term 63
  • Death of close family member 63
  • Personal injury or illness 53
  • Marriage 50
  • Fired at work 47
  • Marital reconciliation 45
  • Retirement 45
  • Change in health of family member 44
  • Pregnancy 40
  • Sex difficulties 39
  • Gain of new family member 39
  • Business readjustment 39
  • Change in financial state 38
  • Death of close friend 37
  • Change to different line of work 36
  • Change in number of arguments with spouse 35
  • Mortgage 31
  • Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 30
  • Change in responsibilities at work 29
  • Son or daughter leaving home 29
  • Trouble with in-laws 29
  • Outstanding personal achievement 28
  • Wife begins or stops work 26
  • Begin or end school 26
  • Change in living conditions 25
  • Revision of personal habits 24
  • Trouble with boss 23
  • Change in work hours or conditions 20
  • Change in residence 20
  • Change in schools 20
  • Change in recreation 19
  • Change in church activities 19
  • Change in social activities 18
  • Large loan 17
  • Change in sleeping habits 16
  • Change in number of family gatherings 15
  • Change in eating habits 15
  • Vacation 13
  • Christmas 12
  • Minor violations of the law 11





Revised by Lynette Hoy, NCC, LCPC