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Can Stress Cause IIlness?

Updated on June 8, 2008

Can Stress Cause Illness?

LIFE CHANGE INDEX SCALE

Place an "x" in the space next to a given event IF it happened to you within the last 12 months.

Add up the number of points next to each of your "x" marks. Place the total on the line below.

1. Death of your spouse.........._____100

2. Divorce................_____73

3. Marital separation from mate ............____65

4. Detention in jail or other institution ..........._____63

5. Death of a close family member ........._____63

6. Major personal injury or illness .........._____54

7. Marriage ..........._____50

8. Being fired at work ............______47

9. Marital reconciliation ..........._____45

10. Retirement from work .............______45

11. Major change in health or behavior of family member ........._____44

12. Pregnancy ................................._____40

13. Sexual difficulties .............................._____39

14. Gaining a new family member (e.g. through birth, adoption, oldest moving, etc.) ................._____39

15. Major business readjustment (e.g. merger, reorganization, bankruptcy, etc.) ...................._____30

16. Major change in financial state (e.g. either a lot worse off or a lot better than usual)......................._____37

17. Death of a close friend ....................._____36

18. Changing to a different line of work .........._____36

19. Major change in the number of arguments with a spouse (e.g. either a lot more or

a lot less than usual regarding child-rearing, personal habits, etc.)..................._____35

20. Taking on a mortgage greater than $10,000 ..........._____31

21. Major change in responsibilities at work, (e.g. promotion, demotion, lateral transfer, etc.).......................____29

22. Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan............._____30

23. Son or daughter leaving, (e.g. marriage, etc.)..................._____29

24. In-law troubles.............._____29

25. Outstanding personal achievement............_____28

26. Spouse beginning or ceasing work outside the home........_____26

27. Beginning or ceasing formal schooling........................_____26

28. Major change in living conditions (e.g. building a new home, remodeling, deterioration of home or neighborhood................._____25

29. Revision of personal habits, (dress, manners associationsetc.)..........._____24

30. Troubles with boss................_____20

31. Change in residence.............._____23

32. Change in residence.............._____20

33. Changing to a new school.............. _____20

34. Major change in usual type and/or amount of recreation............_____19

35. Major change in church activities.................._____19

36. Major change in social activities...................._____18

37. Taking on a mortgage or loan less than $10,000........_____17

38. Major change in sleeping habits, (e.g. more/less sleep or change in of day when asleep)................_____16

39. Major change in family get togethers................_____15

40. Major change in eating habits..............._____15

41. Vacation.............._____13

42. Christmas..........._____12

43. Minor violations of the law, (e.g. traffic ticket, jaywalking, disturbing the peace, etc.).........._____11

Add up the number of points next to each of your "x" marks. Place the total on the line below.

TOTAL LIFE CHANGE UNITS (LCU)__________

Score of:

0-150 no significant problem

150-199 Mild Life Crisis Level with a 35% chance of illness

200-299 Moderate Life Crisis Level with a 50% chance of illness

330+ Major Life Crisis Level with an 80% chance of illness

Note: There are other variables that must be taken into consideration for an accurate analysis of stress and its relation to illness . For example: personality type, Christian commitment, and other important variables have to be evaluated and will alter the way a person may respond to the changes in the score of the LCU.

This is NOT an accurate test of all the stress factors that may effect a person and is only intended to serve as a general guide to stress as related to illness.

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    • Ray P Burriss profile imageAUTHOR

      Ray P Burriss 

      11 years ago from Chattanooga

      Good Morning, "Patty InNglish"

      Appreciate your positive comments on the stress quiz.  When on the mission field; gave this in a Stress Management seminar.  (This was a two day seminar and including personal profiles, more details on stress, a nutrition sections, etc.)  Just trust that people who take this simple test realize it's only to serve as a "wake up call".  Or as you stated, there are other mitigtating factors that need to be taken into consideration.  Thanks again for your comments!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      11 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi Ray. This survey you have posted is a good first step for folks to take as a screening tool to look for possible stress overload. You're certianly correct about mitigtating factors, like resilience in the personality makeup, Christian Commitment, having a social support newwork, and others I can't recall right now. lol. This screener has been effective at community health fairs, because it gets hold of some people that could really use some help with stress. Thanks for posting this for people to see.

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