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Stress Management for Health Course

Cooper's Life Stress Inventory

( Professor C. Cooper, 1988)

 

Cooper's Life Stress Inventory can help measure life change and susceptibility to stress related illness.  Place an (X) in the 'Yes' column for each event which has taken place in the last two years.  Then circle a number on the scale which describes how upsetting the event was to you, e.g. 10 for the death of a husband or wife.

 

Event                                                               Yes                        Scale

 

Bought house                                                                          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Sold house                                                                             1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Moved house                                                                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Major house renovation                                                          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Separation from loved one                                                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

End of relationship                                                                 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Got engaged                                                                          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Got married                                                                           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Marital problem                                                                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Awaiting divorce                                                                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Divorce                                                                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Child started school/nursery                                                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

          Increased care for elderly or ill person                                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Problems with relatives                                                           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Problems with friends/neighbours                                            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Pet-related problems                                                               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Work-related problems                                                           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Change in nature of work                                                        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Threat of redundancy                                                             1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Changed job                                                                          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Made redundant                                                                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Unemployed                                                                          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Retired                                                                                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Increased or new bank loan/mortgage                                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Financial difficulty                                                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Insurance problem                                                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Legal problem                                                                        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Emotional or physical illness of close

                               family or relative                                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Serious illness of close family or relative

                         requiring hospitalisation                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Surgical operation experienced by family

                                member or relative                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Death of a spouse                                                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Death of family member or relative                                          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Death of a close friend                                                            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Emotional or physical illness of yourself                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Serious illness requiring your own hospitalisation                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Surgical operation on yourself                                                 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Pregnancy                                                                              1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Birth of a baby                                                                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Birth of a grandchild                                                               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Family member left home                                                        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Difficult relationship with children                                           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Difficult relationship with parents                                            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Score

         

Low stress                                                                                High Stress       

1                                        50                                              100

 

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