Stress in everyday life

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Holmes and Rache 1967:

  • In 1967 Holmes and Rache publsihed a scale called the Social Readjustment Scale (SRRS) This consisted of 43 life events that were percieved as being stressful because it changed someones psychological wellbeing.
  • Each life event was allocated a point value, this reflected the relative amiunt of change it required.The point value is known as the Life Changing Unit (LCU)
  • The SRRS is the most widely used for assesing life stress. The participants are asked to check off any of the 43 stressful events that they had experienced in the past 2 years. The researcher then scans the data and creates a score…


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