PERCEIVED STRESS SCALE (PSS)

This is the most widely used self assessment for stress scale to measure the amount of perceived stress one is experiencing. It is interesting and helpful to note that this scale measures ‘perceived’ stress levels rather than some concrete measure of actual stress. As you can imagine it would be impossible to quantify this as stress is experienced by each of us differently. 

Respond to the ten statements below by choosing the answer on the 0-4 scale that best fits for you. Please be open and honest with your responses to receive the most accurate reading of your stress levels. The Perceived Stress Scale was created by S Cohen (1994). If you are experiencing heightened stress you may like to consider cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for managing stress effectively. 

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