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Holmes & Rahe Non-Adult Stress Scale

Adults and children alike experience stress in everyday life. Commitments to school, family life, peer pressures, and difficulties in personal relationships are all important sources of stress. As the definition implies, stress upsets the normal equilibrium or balance in one's life. To measure stress according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, a modified scale has also been developed for non-adults. 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.

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Non-Adult Stress Scale Poster

This reference correlates to the online continuing education course Stress 101.

Death of parent 100    
Unplanned pregnancy/abortion 100    
Getting married 95    
Divorce of parents 90    
Acquiring a visible deformity 80    
Fathering a child 70    
Jail sentence of parent for over a year 70    
Marital separation of parents 69    
Death of a brother or sister 68    
Change in acceptance by peers 67    
Unplanned pregnancy of sister 64    
Discovery of being an adopted child 63    
Marriage of parent to stepparent 63    
Having a visible congenital deformity 62    
Serious illness requiring hospitalization 58    
Failure of a grade in school 56    
Not making an extracurricular activity 55    
Hospitalization of parent 55    
Jail sentence of parent for over 30 days 53    
Breaking up with boyfriend or girlfriend 53    
Beginning to date 51    
Suspension from school 50    
Becoming involved with drugs/alcohol 50    
Birth of a brother or sister 50    
Increase in arguments between parents 47    
Loss of job by parent 46    
Outstanding personal achievement 46    
Change in parent's financial status 45    
Accepted at college of choice 43    
Being a senior in high school 42    
Hospitalization of a sibling 41    
Increased absence of parent from home 38    
Brother or sister leaving home 37    
Addition of third adult to family 34    
Becoming a full member of a church 31    
Decrease in arguments between parents 26    
Mother or father beginning work 26    

Score of 300+: At risk of illness.
Score of 150-299+: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).
Score of 150 or below: Only have a slight risk of illness.
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