Holmes and Rahe - Measurements of stress

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  • Holmes and Rahe
    • Aim:
      • Create a method which estimates the extent to which life events are stressors.
    • Methodology:
      • Self-report method using a questionnaire designed to determine how much each life event was a stressor.
    • Participants:
      • 394 participants. 179 males, 215 females from range of educational abilities, ethnic groups and religions.
    • Procedure:
      • Participants were asked to rate 43 life events. Marriage was given a rating of 50 and the other life events were judged as requiring more/less readjustment.
      • Ratings could be based on personal experience + perceptions of other people. The final Social Readjustment Rating Scale was based on the mean scores.
    • Findings:
      • Correlations between all groups such as different gender, religion and different ages were all high apart from one. Weaker correlation between black and white participants.
    • Conclusions:
      • Degree of similarity between groups is impressive and shows agreement about what constitutes life events and how much they cause stress.


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