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Definition- A stimulus (stressor) in the environment

Life changes are events that cause major transitions in our life. One way of measuring the relationship between these and our health is the social readjustment rating scale (SRRS), developed by Holmes and Rahe. An example of a couple of life events are death of a spouse [100], marriage [50], and minor violation of the law [11]. 

  • A score of 150+ increases the chances of stress-related health issues by 30%
  • A score of 300+ increases the odds by 50%


It ignores the fact that life changes will have a different significance on different people. They also do not mention whether events are positive of negative; will the positive events make us stressed?

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