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Stress scale

What causes stress? How stress can be evaluated? How we can evaluate our risks triggered by stress? The answer can be discovered in scientific studies which developed stress scale – scale which can evaluate risks and possibilities of health conditions triggered by stress.

In 1967 two psychiatrists Dr Thomas Holmes and Dr Richard Rahe decided to study stress causes and to evaluate whether or not stress contributes to illness. Dr Holmes and Dr Rahe surveyed more than 5000 medical patients and asked them to say whether they had experience any of a series of 43 life events in the previous two years – each event was called “Life Change Unit (LCU)”. Each LCU had different level of threat – different “weight” for stress.

Based on all survey results Dr Holmes and Dr Rahe developed the very special “Stress scale” which is presently used by all medical professional for stress evaluation – for discovering the possibility of stress from different LCUs.

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For adults to measure stress according to Dr Holmes and Dr Rahe “Stress scale”, the number of LCU that apply to events in the past year of an individual’s life are added and the final score will give a rough estimate of how stress affects health.

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Stress scale score of 300+ ——- At risk of illness.

Stress scale score of 150-299+ ——-Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).

Stress scale score less than 150 ——-Person has a slight risk of illness.


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