Instructions: Click "Stress Test" above to open the link.(some text may be altered in the download, if this occurs unwrap them to make visible) Think about each possible life event listed below and decide how many times, if at all, each has happened to you within the last year. Type or write that number in the Number of Times column. (Note that if an event happened more than four times, you would still give it a 4 in that column).
Multiply the mean value by the number of times an event happened, and enter the result in the Your Score Column.
Add up your scores to get your total score and enter it at the bottom of the schedule. (Remember, if an event happened more than four times within the past year, give it a 4 in the Number of Times column. A 4 is the highest number that can be used in the Number of Times column).
The higher your total score, the greater your risk in developing stress-related symptoms or illnesses. Of those with a score of over 300 for the past year, almost 80% will get sick in the near future. Of those with a score of 200-299, about 50% will get sick in the near future. Of those with a score of 150 – 199, about 30% will get sick in the near future. A score of less than 150 indicates that you a low chance of becoming ill. The higher your score the harder you should work to manage stress and stay well.
Copyright 1981 by Thomas H. Holmes, MD. The University of Washington Press Edition, 1986. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA 98185.