40 Stressful events by rank

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Dr Adolf Meyer compiled a`life chart', which specifically correlated health problems with a person's particular life circumstances at the time. This process was refined and resulted in the creation of the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS), which ranks life crises on a scale of Life Change Units (LCUs).

Rank - Life event - LCU value
  1. Death of spouse/mate 87
  2. Death of close family member 79
  3. Major injury/illness to self 78
  4. Detention in jail or other institution 76
  5. Major injury/illness to close family member 72
  6. Foreclosure on loan/mortgage 71
  7. Divorce 71
  8. Being a victim of crime 70
  9. Being a victim of police brutality 69
  10. Infidelity 69
  11. Experiencing domestic violence/sexual abuse 69
  12. Separation from or reconciliation with spouse/mate 66
  13. Being fired/laid-off/unemployed 64
  14. Experiencing financial problems/difficulties 62
  15. Death of a close friend 61
  16. Surviving a disaster 59
  17. Becoming a single parent 59
  18. Assuming responsibility for sick or elderly loved one 56
  19. Loss of or major reduction in health insurance/benefits 56
  20. Self/close family member being arrested for violating the law 56
  21. Major disagreement over child support/custody/visitation 53
  22. Experiencing/involved in auto accident 53
  23. Being disciplined at work/demoted 53
  24. Dealing with unwanted pregnancy 51
  25. Adult child moving in with parent/parent moving in with adult child 50
  26. Child develops behaviour or learning problem 49
  27. Experiencing employment discrimination/sexual harassment 48
  28. Attempting to modify addictive behaviour of self 47
  29. Discovering/attempting to modify addictive behaviour of close family member 46
  30. Employer reorganization/downsizing 45
  31. Dealing with infertility/miscarriage 44
  32. Getting married/remarried 43
  33. Changing employers/careers 43
  34. Failure to obtain/qualify for mortgage 42
  35. Pregnancy of self/spouse/mate 41
  36. Experiencing discrimination/harassment outside the workplace 39
  37. Release from jail 39
  38. Spouse/mate begins/ceases work outside the home 38
  39. Major disagreement with boss/coworker 37
  40. Change in residence 35