Adult Life Changes Index Test


EVENT

IMPACT SCORE

Death of spouse
100
Divorce
73
Marital Separation
65
Jail Term
63
Death of close family member
63
Personal injury or illness
53
Marriage
50
Fired at work
47
Marital reconciliation
45
Retirement
45
Change in health of family member
44
Pregnancy
40
Sex difficulties
39
Gain of a new family member
39
Business readjustment
39
Change in financial state
38
Death of a close friend
37
Change to a different line of work
36
Change in number of arguments with spouse
35
Mortgage over $20,000
31
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan
30
Change in responsibilities at work
29
Son or daughter leaving home
29
Trouble with in-laws
29
Outstanding personal achievement 28
Spouse begins or stops work
26
Begin or end school
26
Change in living conditions
25
Revisions of personal habits
24
Trouble with boss
23
Change in work hours or conditions
20
Change in residence
20
Change in schools
20
Change in recreation 19
Change in church activities
19
Change in social activities 19
Mortgage or loan less than $20,000
17
Change in sleeping habits
16
Change in number of family get-togethers
15
Change in eating habit 15
Vacation
13
Christmas approaching 12
Minor violation of the law 11

Directions

If an event mentioned aboved has occurred in the past year, or is expected in the near future, copy the number in the score column. If the event has occured or is expected to occur more than once, multiply this number by the frequency of the event.

Scoring The Life Change Index


The body is a finely timed instrument that does not like surprises. Any sudden change stimli which affects the body, or the reordering of important routines that the body become used to, can cause needless stress, throwing your whole physical being into turmoil.

The following chart will give you some idea of how to informally score yourself on Social Readjustment Scale. Since being healthy is the optimum state you want to achieve, being sick is the state of being you most want to avoid.
LIFE CHANGE UNITS
LIKELIHOOD OF ILLNESS IN NEAR FUTURE
300+ about 80 percent
150 - 299 about 50 percent
less than 150 about 30 percent

The higher your life change score, the harder you have to work to get yourself back into a state of good health.

T.H.Holmes and T.H. Rahe. "The Social Readjustment Rating Scale," Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 11:213, 1967.
 
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