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Holmes & Rahe Stress Scale


The Holmes & Rahe Test classifies, according to a certain degree of affection, the stressors we encounter daily in our lives. This scale, validated in 1970 by Rahe, lists daily stressful events and gives them a particular value to the stress level they can cause in the individual.


A total of less than or equal to 150 indicates a relatively low-stress level and, thus, a low probability of developing a related mental disorder (30%).

A total of 300 or more inform us that there may be an 80% risk of the individual developing a high-stress disorder and/or not being appropriately managed over the next 2 years.

A total score between 150 and 299 demonstrates a 50% risk.


Instructions Mark down the point value of each of these life events that has happened to you during the previous year. Then, add up all your points to calculate your final score.


What Does Your Score Mean? 150 points or less = a relatively low amount of life change and a low susceptibility to stress-induced health breakdown 150 to 300 points = 50% chance of health breakdown in the next 2 years

300 points or more = 80% chance of health breakdown in the next 2 years, according to the Holmes-Rahe statistical prediction model

Please note that Dr. Celine Mackenzie - Hygie Clinic does not own the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory and cannot give permission for reprinting or publication.


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