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The Stress Test

How Vulnerable Are You?

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Interpretation of scores: 
Below 50 = Indicates excellent resistance to stress. 
50-80       = Indicates some vulnerability to stress. 
Over 80   = You are seriously vulnerable to stress. 

You can make yourself less vulnerable by reviewing the items on which you scored 3 or higher and trying to modify them. Notice that nearly all of them describe situations and behaviors over which you have a great deal of control. Concentrate first on those that are easiest to change- for example, eating a hot, balance meal daily and having fun at least once a week- before tackling those that seem difficult. 


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