In making your judgments you will be asked to make judgments about life events as to their relative degree of necessary readjustment. Social readjustment includes the amount and duration of change in one’s accustomed pattern of life. Social adjustment depends on both the intensity and length of time necessary to accommodate to a life event, regardless of the desirability of the event.
In making your judgments, use all of your experience in arriving at your answers. This means personal experience where it applies as well as what you have learned to be the case for others. Some people accommodate to change more quickly or with greater ease than others. Therefore, strive to give your opinion of the average degree of adjustment necessary for each event or combination of events rather than the extremes.
Some of the items to be judged are single events, such as the Anthrax scare of October, 2001 and the Terrorist Attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. You are asked to judge how stressful you find each of these events in comparison with other types of life changes or life events. You are asked to judge how stressful these events were to you.
You will be asked to make these kinds of judgments: differences in stress, ratios of stress and combinations of stress.
For the difference task, you are asked to judge how much more stressful the first event (on the left) is in comparison to the second event (on the right).
You will click along the scale to indicate the degree of difference. So, if you find the two events to be equally stressful, you should click at the center of the scale. If you think that the first item (on the left) is very very much more stressful, click the button at the far left. If it is only slightly more stressful, click a button closer to the center. If the second event (on the right) is more stressful, click a button to the right of the center. If the second event (on the right) is very very much more stressful, click the button on the far right.