The Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) - Holmes and Rahe 1967. Widely used of all methods for assessing life stress.
examples of life events... (LCU = Life Change Unit)
- Death of spouse - LCU = 100
- Christmas - LCU = 12
- Marriage - LCU = 50
How it works... Check off any of the 43 life events they had experienced over a given period (usually 2 years or less), then total scored and used it as an index of that person's life stress. Score of 150 or more increased the chances of stress-related health by 30%, while a score of over 300 increased it by 50%.
Research into sources of stress
A study of life changes as a source of stress - Rahe 1970