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Perceived Stress Scale

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is a classic stress assessment instrument. The tool, while originally developed in 1983, remains a popular choice for helping us understand how different situations affect our feelings and our perceived stress.

Time to complete

3 minutes

Eligibility

General eligibility to complete the Perceived Stress Scale includes being 18 years or older, having the ability to read and understand the questions, and being able to make decisions about how to answer the questions.

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Questions for Perceived Stress Scale

1.

In the last month, how often have you been upset because of something that happened unexpectedly?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
2.

In the last month, how often have you felt that you were unable to control the important things in your life?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
3.

In the last month, how often have you felt nervous and stressed?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
4.

In the last month, how often have you felt confident about your ability to handle your personal problems?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
5.

In the last month, how often have you felt that things were going your way?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
6.

In the last month, how often have you found that you could not cope with all the things that you had to do?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
7.

In the last month, how often have you been able to control irritations in your life?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
8.

In the last month, how often have you felt that you were on top of things?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
9.

In the last month, how often have you been angered because of things that happened that were outside of your control?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often
10.

In the last month, how often have you felt difficulties were piling up so high that you could not overcome them?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. never
  2. almost never
  3. sometimes
  4. fairly often
  5. very often

Similar Ideas

  • The Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ)
  • The Brief Perceived Stress Scale (BPSS)
  • The Perceived Stress Scale
  • The University of California at Los Angeles Perceived Stress Scale (UCLA-PSS)

Here are some FAQs and additional information
on
Perceived Stress Scale

What is the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)?

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is a psychological self-report measure to measure the perception of stress. It is a 10-item self-report measure developed to measure the degree to which situations in one's life are appraised as stressful.

How is the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) scored?

The PSS is scored on a scale from 0 to 40. The higher the score, the higher the perceived stress.

What does the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) measure?

The PSS measures the degree to which an individual perceives situations in their life as stressful. It is used to measure the stress level of an individual and to evaluate the effectiveness of stress-reducing interventions.

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