The College Readjustment Rating Scale
The College Readjustment Rating Scale is an adaptation of Holmes and Rahe's Life Events Scale. It has been modified for college- age adults and should be considered as a rough indication of stress levels and possible health consequences.
In the College Readjustment Rating Scale, each event, such as one's first term in college, is assigned a value that represent the amount of readjustment a person has to make as a result. In some studies, people with serious illnesses have been found to have high scores on similar scales. Persons with scores of 300 and higher have a high health risk. Persons scoring between 150 and 300 have about a 50 - 50 chance of serious health change within two years. People scoring 150 and below have a 1 in 3 chance of a serious health change.
To determine your stress score, circle the number of points corresponding to the events you have experienced in the past six months or are likely to experience in the next six months. Then add up the circled numbers.
If you are concerned with the results, please click here to download this self-test and bring it with you to your first appointment.
Stress and Your Health: A Self-Test
|Death of Spouse|
|Unwed Pregnancy (Female)|
|Death of Parent|
|Unwed Pregnancy (Male)|
|Death of a Close Family Member|
|Death of a Close Friend|
|Divorce Between Parents|
|Major Personal Injury or Illness|
|Flunk out of College|
|Fired from Job|
|Loss of Financial Support for College|
|Failing Grade in Important or Required Course|
|Serious Argument with Significant Other|
|Change in Major|
|New Love Interest|
|Increased Work Load in Studies|
|Outstanding Personal Achievement|
|First Term in College|
|Serious Conflict with Instructor|
|Lower Grades than Expected|
|Change in Colleges (transfer)|
|Change in Social Activities|
|Change in Sleeping Habits|
|Change in Eating Habits|
|Minor Violations of law (traffic tickets, etc)|
Self-assessments provided by Central Connecticut State University's Counseling and Wellness Center are for educational purposes only. They are not intended to treat or diagnose a situational or permanent medical condition and are not a replacement for proper medical care. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a physical or mental health problem without consulting a qualified health or mental care provider. If you find that you are concerned with some of the results, please contact the Counseling and Wellness Center to setup an appointment at (860) 832-1945. In the case of emergency, always dial 911.