Life Stressors

To learn the level of stress (distress) in your life, check in the empty box at the left of each of the following events if it has occurred within the past 12 months:
Death of spouse100 Son or daughter leaving home 29
Divorce73 Trouble with in-laws29
Marital separation65 Outstanding personal achievement28
Jail term63 Spouse begins or ceases working26
Death of close family member63 Starting or finishing school26
Personal injury or illness53 Change in living conditions25
Marriage50 Revision of personal habits24
Fired from job47 Trouble with boss23
Marital reconciliation45 Change in work hours, conditions20
Retirement45 Change in residence20
Change in family memberís health44 Change in schools20
Pregnancy40 Change in recreational habits19
Sexual difficulties39 Change in church activities19
Addition to family39 Change in social activities18
Business readjustment39 Mortgage or loan under $10, 00017
Change in financial status38 Change in sleeping habits15
Death of close friend37 Change in number of family gatherings15
Career change36 Change in eating habits15
Change in number of marital arguments35 Vacation13
Mortgage or loan over $10,00031 Christmas season12
Foreclosure of mortage or loan30 Minor violation of the law11
Change in work responsibilities29  

Note: This scale is derived from the Holmes, T. & Rahe, R. (1967) "Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale", Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2.

Please note that since the development of the Life Events Scale, it has generally been recognized that there can be significant variation in the individual weight that each life event causes due to personal differences and the context of situations. Obviously the size of mortgages has also changed! However, this scale remains a good general estimate of personal stress.