Stress Test - 1
Divorce                                                                73
Bodily assault                                                        70
Entering a new relationship                                      68
Marital separation from mate                                    65
Detention in jail or other institution                            63
Death of a close family member                                63
Entering into extra marital affair                                60
Leaving extra marital relationship                              55
Major personal injury or illness                                  53
Marriage                                                                 50
Having extra marital relationship discovered               49
Being fired from job or becoming unemployed            47
Marital reconciliation with mate                                 45
Retirement from work                                              45
Major change in the health or behavior
of a family member                                                  44
Pregnancy                                                               40
Sexual difficulties                                                     39
Gaining a new family member (e.g., through
birth, adoption, oldster moving in, etc.)                      39
Major business readjustment (e.g., merger,
reorganization, bankruptcy, etc.)                                39
Major change in financial state (e.g., a
lot worse or a lot better off than usual                        38
Death of a close friend                                              37
Changing to a line of different work                            36
Major change in the number of arguments with
spouse (e.g., either a lot more/less than usual
regarding child rearing, personal habits, etc.)               35
Taking out a mortgage or loan for a major purchase
(e.g., for a home, business, etc.)                                 31
Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan                              30
Major change in responsibilities at work (e.g.,
promotion/demotion/lateral transfer, etc.)                    29
Son or daughter leaving home (e.g., marriage
attending college, etc.)                                              29
In law troubles                                                         29
Crime against your property                                       29
Outstanding personal achievement                              28
Wife beginning or ceasing work outside the home         26
Beginning/ceasing formal schooling                             26
Major change in living conditions (e.g., building
a new home, remodelling, or deterioration of home
or neigborhood)                                                        25
Revision of personal habits (dress,
manners, association, etc.)                                         24
Troubles with boss                                                    23
Major change in working hours or conditions                20
Change in residence                                                  20
Changing to a new school                                          20
Major change in type/amount of recreation                  19
Major change in church activities (e.g.,
much more/less than usual)                                       19
Major change in social activities (e.g.,
clubs, dancing, movies, visiting, etc.)                           18
Taking out a mortgage/loan for a lesser
purchase (e.g., car/TV/freezer, etc.)                            17
Major change in sleeping habits (a lot more or a
lot less sleep, or a change in the part of the day
when asleep)                                                           16
Major change in No. of family get togethers
(e.g., a lot more/less than usual)                                15
Major change in eating habits (a lot more/less
food intake, or very different hours
or surroundings)                                                       15
Vacation                                                                  13
Christmas                                                                12
Minor violations of the law (e.g., traffic
tickets, disturbing peace, etc.)                                    11
(Based on model dev. by G. E.  Anderson)

The body is a finely tuned instrument that does not like surprises.  Any sudden change in stimuli
which affects the body, or the reordering of important routines that the body has become used to,
can cause needless stress, throwing your whole physical being into turmoil.  The following chart   
will give you some idea of how to informally score yourself on the Social Readjustment Scale.    
Since being healthy is the optimum state you want to achieve, being sick is the state you most  
want to avoid.

There are two important things about Stress to remember: [1] the effects are cumulative
(all the
"stressor" effects are added onto the others). [2]
The effects are residual (they stay with you approximately
one year).

Circle the values for any of the following events that have occurred in your life over the last       
twelve months.  Then add up their total and refer to the Social Readjustment Rating Scale below.

LIFE EVENT                                                 VALUE
Total (both pages)        _______


300+  . . . . . . . . . .                        about 80%
299 150 . . . . . . . . .                        about 50%
less than 150 . . . . . .                         about 30%
The higher your life change score, the harder you have to work to get yourself back in a state of  
good health.

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Dawn Cove Abbey
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- Dedicated to helping people return (and maintain) sanity and decency to life -
From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman M.A  © 2007-2019

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