Am I stressed?

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) measures stress. It's quick and easy to use, previous results will be displayed on this page for your next visit. Simply click 'Clear Results' to remove your data. To start, 'click' on the most appropriate answer alongside each question.

All questions relate to the last month
1.  In the last month, how often have you been upset because of something that happened unexpectedly?
2.  In the last month, how often have you felt that you were unable to control the important things in your life?
3.  In the last month, how often have you felt nervous and 'stressed'?
4.  In the last month, how often have you felt confident about your ability to handle your personal problems?
5.  In the last month, how often have you felt that things were going your way?
6.  In the last month, how often have you found that you could not cope with all the things that you had to do?
7.  In the last month, how often have you been able to control irritations in your life?
8.  In the last month, how often have you felt that you were on top of things?
9.  In the last month, how often have you been angered because of things that were outside of your control?
10. In the last month, how often have you felt difficulties were piling up so high that you could not overcome them?
The PSS

Confidentiality

Your results are confidential. This page doesn't save, transmit or collect any information about you.

Scoring the PSS

The PSS is not a diagnostic measure, so there are no 'categories' in the results. It's mostly used to measure changes in your stress levels over time. The maximum score for the PSS is 40; the lower your score, the better.


Although there are no categories, there are average scores which vary by age. If you score more than '6' above the average score for your age, you may have a high level of stress.


If you score '12' or more above the average for your age, you are likely to have a significantly high stress level, which is likely to be unhealthy in the long term.


A score of '6' or more below the average for your age suggests you're relatively stress-free.


 User's age ranges  Average PSS scores
18 – 29 14.2
30 – 44 13.0
45 – 54 12.6
55 – 64 11.9
65 – 99 12.0

For the PSS-14, see Cohen, S., Kamarck, T. and Mermelstein, R. (1983). A global measure of perceived stress. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 24, p.386-396.


For the PSS-10, see Cohen, S., and Williamson, G. (1988). Perceived stress in a probability sample of the United States. In S. Spacapan & S. Oskamp (Eds.) The social psychology of health: Claremont Symposium on applied social psychology. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.


Disclaimer

Disclaimer

Although the PSS-10 is a well-researched assessment, this page is for information only. Nothing here is a substitute for skilled professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Please don't discontinue treatment, disregard medical advice or delay seeking advice because of something you have read on the internet, either on this site or elsewhere.


If you are at all concerned about your results, please seek the advice of a qualified health professional.


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