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Test Yourself

HOLMES-RAHE STRESS TEST
RANK EVENT VALUE YOUR SCORE
1. Death of spouse ............... 100 ___
2. Divorce ...................... 73 ___
3. Marital separation ............. 65 ___
4. Jail term ...................... 63 ___
5. Death of close family member ..... 63 ___
6. Personal injury or illness ....... 53 ___
7. Marriage ..................... 50 ___
8. Fired from work .............. 47 ___
9. Marital reconciliation .......... 45 ___
10. Retirement ................... 45 ___
11. Change in family member’s health 44 ___
12. Pregnancy .................... 40 ___
13. Sex difficulties ................ 39 ___
14. Addition to family ............. 39 ___
15. Business readjustment ......... 39 ___
16. Change in financial status ...... 38 ___
17. Death of close friend ........... 37 ___
18. Change in number of marital arguments ................... 35 ___
19. Mortgage or loan over $10,000 ... 31 ___
20. Foreclosure of mortgage or loan . 30 ___
21. Change in work responsibilities . 29 ___
22. Son or daughter leaving home ... 29 ___
23. Trouble with in-laws ........... 29 ___
24. Outstanding personal achievement 28 ___
25. Spouse begins or starts work ..... 26 ___
26. Starting or finishing school ..... 26 ___
27. Change in living conditions ..... 25 ___
28. Revision of personal habits ..... 24 ___
29. Trouble with boss ............. 23 ___
30. Change in work hours, conditions 20 ___
31. Change in residence ........... 20 ___
32. Change in schools ............. 20 ___
33. Change recreational habits ..... 19 ___
34. Change in church activities ..... 19 ___
35. Change in social activities ...... 18 ___
36. Mortgage or loan under $10,000 . 18 ___
37. Change in sleeping habits ...... 16 ___
38. Change in number of family gatherings .................... 15 ___
39. Change in eating habits ........ 14 ___
40. Vacation ..................... 13 ___
41. Christmas season ............. 12 ___
42. Minor violation of the law ...... 11 ___
TOTAL ___


SCORING: Add up the point values of all the items checked. If your score is 300 or more, you stand an almost 80 percent chance of getting sick in the near future as a result of the events. If your score is 150 to 299, the chances are about 50 percent. Less than 150, about 30 percent. This scale suggests that change in one’s life requires an effort to adapt and then to regain stability. This process probably saps energy the body would ordinarily use to maintain itself, so susceptibility to illness increases. Reprinted with permission from the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (vol. II) by Thomas H.Holmes and Richard R.Rahe (Pergamon Press, 1967).


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