Use the Holmes & Rahe stress scale to measure how much stress is in your life, and whether you’re at risk of becoming sick. Patients ranked a list of 43 life events based on a relative score. Each event, called a Life Change Unit (LCU), had a different Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. Rahe validated the scale in as a predictor of illness [4] using US sailors rating scores of ‘life events’ over the previous 6 months.

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Subsequent validation supported the strress between stress and illness [ 2 ]. Rahe carried out a study in testing the validity of the stress scale as a predictor of illness. Patients ranked a list of 43 life events based on a relative score. A modified scale has also been developed for non-adults.

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Loneliness and social isolation of military veterans: The scale was also assessed against different populations within the USA African, Mexican and white American groups [ 6 ] and cross-culturally, comparing Japanese [ 7 ] and Malaysian [ 8 ] with American populations.

Subsequent validation has supported the links between stress and illness. Inpsychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe examined the medical records of over 5, medical patients as a way strews determine whether stressful events might cause illnesses. Most people experience major life events infrequently hence a better measure might look at the stresses and strains of daily life [ 10 ].

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Email alerts New issue alert. For Permissions, please email: This scale seems to suggest that change in life requires an effort to adapt and then an effort to regain stability. The Holmes and Rahe stress scale is a list of 43 stressful life events that can contribute to illness. Citing articles via Web of Science 1. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Items Although the scale was originally developed and validated on males, it provides useful results for both male and female subjects.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Source The questionnaire is free to use and downloadable [ 1 ]. To measure stress according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, the number of “Life Change Units” 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.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Similar to the adult scale, stress points for life events in the past year are added and compared to the rough estimate of how stress affects health. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

The Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory

Each loosely worded category can have a wide range of possible interpretations. More events mean a higher score.

Sign In or Create an Account. Retrieved from ” https: Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Patients were asked to tally a list of uolmes-rahe life events based on a relative score.

This page was last edited on 3 Novemberat The Social Readjustment Rating Scale: Related articles in Web of Science Google Scholar. Conclusion The SRRS is surprisingly consistent despite the cross-cultural differences one would expect.

Questionnaire Reviews All Journals search input. Although the scale is well researched, the values are only a rough approximation at best [ 1inventiry ].

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