Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Stress Inventory Measure

The Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory

The Social Readjustment Rating Scale

INSTRUCTIONS: Mark down the point value of each of these life events that has happened to you during the previous year. Total these associated points.

Life Event
Mean Value
1.      Death of spouse
2.     Divorce
3.     Martial separation from mate
4.     Detention in jail or other institution
5.     Death of a close family member
6.     Major personal injury or illness
7.      Marriage
8.     Being fired at work
9.     Marital reconciliation with mate
10.  Retirement from work
11.   Major change in the health or behavior of a family member
12.  Pregnancy
13.  Sexual difficulties
14.  Gaining a new family member (i.e. Birth, adoption, older adult moving in, etc)
15.  Major business readjustment
16.  Major change in financial state (i.e. A lot worse or better off than usual)
17.   Death of a close friend
18.  Changing to a different line of work
19.  Major change in the number of arguments w/spouse (i.e. Either a lot more or a lot less than usual regarding child rearing, personal habit, etc.)
20. Taking on a mortgage (for home, business, etc.)
21.  Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan
22.  Major change in responsibilities at work (i.e. Promotion, demotion, etc.)
23.  Son or daughter leaving home (marriage, attending college, joined mil.)
24.  In-law troubles
25.  Outstanding personal achievement
26.  Spouse beginning or ceasing work outside the home
27.  Beginning or ceasing formal schooling
28.  Major change in living condition (new home, remodeling, deterioration of neighborhood or home etc.)
29.  Revision of personal habits (dress manners, associations, quitting smoking)
30. Troubles with the boss
31.  Major changes in working hours or conditions
32.  Changes in residence
33.  Changing to a new school
34.  Major change in usual type and/or amount of recreation
35.  Major change in church activity (i.e. A lot more or less than usual)
36.  Major change in social activities (clubs, movies, visiting, etc.)
37.  Taking on a loan (car, tv, freezer, etc)
38.  Major change in sleeping habits (a lot more or a lot less than usual)
39.  Major change in number of family get-togethers (“”)
40. Major change in eating habits (a lot more or less food intake, or very different meal hours or surroundings)
41.  Vacation
42.  Major holidays
43.  Minor violations of the law (traffic tickets, jaywalking, disturbing the peace, etc)

Now, add up all the points you have to find your score.

150pts or less means a relatively low amount of life change and a low susceptibility to stress-induced health breakdown.

150 to 300 pts implies about a 50% change of a major health breakdown in the next 2 years.

300pts or more raises the odds to about 80%, according to the Holmes-Rahe statistical prediction model.

Content from: Change Your Mind: 7 Ways to Harness the Power of Your Brain to Achieve True Well-Being - Available on Amazon

Confidence Scale

Complete the following confidence scale to rate how confident you in your ability to achieve your health behavior change goal. A number of situations are listed below can make it hard to stick to behavior change goals. On a scale of zero to 100, please rate your confidence or self-efficacy in each of the blanks regarding how certain you are that you can get yourself to continue to practice your new or positive health behavior(s) on a regular basis during each of these situations (Pajares & Urdan, 2006). 

Rate your degree of confidence by recording a number from 0 to 100 using the scale given below:

0          10        20        30        40        50        60        70        80        90        100
Cannot                                          Moderately                                   Highly certain
do at all                                             can do                                                     can do

_____When I am feeling tired
_____When I am feeling under pressure from work
_____During bad weather
_____After recovering from an injury that caused me to stop exercising
_____During or after experiencing personal problems
_____When I am feeling depressed
_____When I am feeling anxious
_____After recovering from an illness that caused me to stop exercising
_____When I feel physical discomfort when I exercise
_____After a vacation
_____When I have too much work to do at home
_____When visitors are present
_____When there are other interesting things to do
_____If I don’t reach my exercise goals
_____Without the support from my family or friends
_____During a vacation
_____When I have other time commitments
_____After experiencing family problems

Rate your confidence regularly and use the sources of self-efficacy to improve your numbers.
Remember, self-efficacy is task and situation-specific, so you may want to create a confidence ruler for all of the behaviors you wish to improve and in a variety of situations. For example, you may score a 90 in your confidence in your ability to exercise three times per week, but a 40 on your confidence in your ability to eat healthy on a daily basis. In addition, you may be faced with situations that make it difficult to stick to your health behavior change goal. Make a list of challenges that you may face on a regular basis when trying to achieve your health behavior change goal. The challenges on your list should vary in difficulty level, where some may be easier for you to overcome, and others may be more difficult. Next to each challenge, suggest solutions to overcome it or an alternative, positive health behavior that you could engage in.

Content from: Change Your Mind: 7 Ways to Harness the Power of Your Brain to Achieve True Well-Being - Available on Amazon