Rhetoric of Food: UNIV 1301

LIFE EVENT SCALE

       Listed below are many of the events in life that have been found to produce individual stress reactions.  The numerical value represents the degree of disruption that event causes in the average person's life.   Some studies have found that people experiencing serious illnesses also had high scores on the Life Event Scale. Generally, the higher your score, the greater the probability you will experience a major health change in the near future. Since individuals differ in their abilities to handle stress, this score should be taken as a rough guide only.

       For each of the events you have experienced during the past 12 months, transfer the value to the second column.  Add all of your entries in the second column to obtain your total stress score.

Events:

1. My spouse died

2. I got a divorce

3. I separated from my spouse

4. I spent time in jail

5. A close family member died (not a spouse)

6. I had a major illness or injury

7. I got married

8. I was fired at work

9. I had a marital reconciliation

10.I retired

11. A family member experienced a change in health (not myself)

12. I became pregnant

13. I experienced sexual problems

14. My family gained a new member

15. I experienced an upheaval in my business affairs

16. I experienced a change in my financial state

17. A close friend died

18. I changed to a different occupation

19. My spouse and I argued significantly more (or significantly less)

20. I obtained a loan or mortgage over $50,000

21. A loan or mortgage of mine was foreclosed

22. My responsibilities at work changed

23. My son or daughter left home

24. I had trouble with my in-laws

25. I had an outstanding personal achievement

26. My spouse began or stopped working

27. I started or finished high school or college

28. I had a change in my living conditions

29. I had a change in my personal habits

30. I had trouble with my boss

31. My working hours or conditions changed

32. I changed residences

33. I changed schools

34. I changed recreational activities

35. My church activities changed

36. My social activities changed

37. I took out a loan for less than $50,000

38. My sleeping habits changed

39. We had a change in the number of family get-togethers.

40. My eating habits changed

41. I took a vacation

42.1 celebrated Christmas

43. I had minor violations of the law (traffic or parking tickets, etc.)

 

Stress value

100

73

65

63

63

58

50

47

45

45

44

40

39

39

39

38

37

36

35

31

30

29

29

29

28

26

26

25

24

23

20

20

20

19

19

19

17

16

15

13

13

12

11

Enter "stress value" if this event applies to me.

 Scoring:  

0-150 Low stress

151-300 Moderate stress

301+ High or extreme stress.

 MY TOTAL SCORE:_______________________

 (Adapted from Holmes, T.H. and Rabe, R.H. "The Social Readjustment Rating Scale,' Journal of Psychosomatic Research 11, 213-218, 1967.)

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