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Stress Evaluation 2018-06-27T09:57:53+00:00

STRESS EVALUATION

For many years, Drs. Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe have studied the effects of change on our physical well-being. They have discovered that: “Four out of every five people who have experienced many dramatic changes in their lives over the past year can expect a major illness within the next two years.” They devised a list of life events and assigned a numerical rating called Life Change Units (LCU) to each one. Death of a spouse has the highest Life Change rating of 100; minor violations of the law, such as parking tickets, were given the lowest LCU rating.

They found that while 80% of people with scores over 300, and 53% of people with scores in the 150 – 300 range, became seriously depressed, had heart attacks or suffered other forms of illness, these disorders occurred in only 33 of people with scores under 150.

EXERCISE: HOLMES-RAHE STRESS EVALUATION

Add up the point values of the events that have occurred in your life in the past year.

Event LCU Event LCU

Death of a spouse

100

Foreclosure of mortgage or loan

30

Marital separation

65

Change in work responsibilities

30

Death of a close family member

63

Son or daughter leaving home

29

Personal injury or illness

53

Trouble with in-laws

29

Marriage

50

Spouse beginning or stopping work

29

Loss of a job

47

Outstanding personal achievement

28

Marital reconciliation

45

Revision of personal habits

24

Retirement

45

Trouble with business superior

23

Change in health of a family member

44

Change in work house or conditions

20

Pregnancy

40

Change in residence

20

Sex difficulties

39

Change in work responsibilities

18

Gaining a new family member

39

Change in social activities

18

Change in financial status

38

Taking out a small mortgage on your home

17

Death of close friend

37

Change in number of family get-togethers

15

Change to a different kind of work

36

Change in eating habits

15

Increase or decrease in arguments with spouse

35

Vacation

13

Taking out a big mortgage on a home

31
 Minor violation of the law
11

Total Life Change Units (LCU) _________

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