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How Vulnerable Are You to Stress? Let's Take a Test!

November 2000

Researchers have identified a number of factors that affect someone's vulnerability to stress. Among them are eating and sleeping habits, caffeine and alcohol intake, and how we express our emotions. The following questionnaire is designed to help you discover how vulnerable you are and to pinpoint trouble spots.

Rate each item from 1 (always) to 5 (never), according to how much of the time the statement is true of you (i.e., always true or sometimes true, etc.). Be sure to mark each item, even if it seems not to apply to you -- for example, in the first question if you always eat a hot, balanced meal once a day, check off #1.


1) I eat at least one hot, balanced meal a day.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

2) I get seven to eight hours of sleep at least.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

3) I give and receive affection regularly.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

4) I have at least one relative within 50 miles, on whom I can rely.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

5) I exercise to the point of perspiration at least twice a week.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

6) I limit myself to less than half a pack of cigarettes a day.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

7) I take fewer than five alcoholic drinks a week.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

8) I am the appropriate weight for my height.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

9) I have an income adequate to meet basic expenses.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

10) I get strength from my religious beliefs.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

11) I regularly attend club or social activities.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

12) I have a network of friends and acquaintances.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

13) I have one or more friends to confide in about personal matters.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

14) I am in good health (including eye-sight, hearing & teeth.)

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

15) I am able to speak openly about my feelings when angry or worried.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

16) I have regular conversations with the people I live with about domestic problems -- for example, chores and money.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

17) I do something for fun at least once a week.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

18) I am able to organize my time effectively.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

19) I drink fewer than three cups of coffee (or other caffeine-rich drinks) a day.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

20) I take some quiet time for myself during the day.

AlwaysAlmost AlwaysSometimesAlmost NeverNever
1 2 3 4 5

Source: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Newsletter, (August 1985). Scale Developers: Lyle Miller and Alma Dell Smith of Boston University Medical Center.


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