Social Readjustment Rating Scale
A common way to measure of stress is the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS), which was developed by Holmes and Rahe (1967).
To use the SRRS, add up the values for all of the listed life events that have occurred to you within the past 12 months. If an event has happened to you more than once within the last year, multiply the value of the event by the number of occurrences. Enter your value total at the end of the list.
Adapted from the "Social Readjustment Rating Scale" by Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe. This scale was first published in the "Journal of Psychosomatic Research", Copyright 1967, Vol.II, p. 214.
TOTAL SCORE: Add up the results from all items selected on the SRRS to obtain your Total Score.
Understanding your Total Score:
If your Total Score is 300 or more , statistically you stand an almost 80% chance of getting sick in the near future. If you score is 150 to 299 , the chances are about 50%. At less than 150 , about 30%. This scale seems to suggest that change in one's life requires an effort to adapt and then an effort to regain stability.
If you are experiencing stressful events in your life, you should speak with your doctor or a psychologist who can work with you to develop effective stress management techniques. Stress can lead to a variety of mental and physical health problems, so it is important to seek support if you are experiencing stress.
NOTE - Even if you do not score highly on the test but suspect you are under a significant amount of stress, talk to your doctor or to a psychologist.
Combating stress is important for healthy functioning in todays demanding climate. For further information on stress management and relaxation training please feel free to contact the psychologists and counsellors at ECSS Psychological Services.
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