- AIM: to compare the hassles and uplifts scale and the Berkman life events scale as predictors of psychological symptoms of stress
- METHOD: each participant completed the hassles and uplifts rating scale and life events scale and then assessed their psychological symptoms of stress using the Hopkins symptom checklist (HSCL) and the Bradburn Morale Scale.
- DESIGN: repeated measures design
- SAMPLE: 100 people who previously completed health survey from California, mostly white, protestant, with adequate or above income and at least 9th grade education. 216 initially contacted, 109 agreed to take part, 9 dropped out.
- PROCEDUR: tests sent out by post one month before study began, participants asked to complete 1)hassles rating for 9 months 2)life events rating after 10 months 3)the HSCH and Bradburn Morale scale every month for 9 months
- FINDINGS: hassles constant from month to month. life events for men correlated positive for hassles and negative for uplifts. women had more life events=more hassles and uplifts. hassles correlated positive with psychological symptoms more than life events