HOLMES-RAHE LIFE STRESS INVENTORY
In the past 24 months, which of these have happened to you?
Read each of the events listed below, and check the box next to any event which has occurred in your life in the last two years. Each life event has a life change unit associated with the event. As you can see the degree of stress varies from relatively minor life events to major ones, such as the death of a spouse.
There are no right or wrong answers. The aim is just to identify which of these events you have experienced lately. Total should be automatically calculated by clicking on “Calculate Results” button.
You may also click “Reset” to take the inventory again at any time.
(You may want to consider extending the timeline (e.g. 5yrs, 10yrs), if you believe it might be more relevant to your current situation.)
What Does Your Score Mean? Go to Stress.org to see overall score levels and access their helpful Learning Center.
Note: With Dr. Rahe’s permission, this stress test is offered here (Adapted from Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, (1967). Vol. 11, pp. 213-218). You can also complete the latest stress test, A Recent Life Changes Stress Test at Stress.org. Learn more about Dr. Rahe and Stress.org.
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