Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)

By using this you agree that it is not being used to diagnose or treat any mental or physical illness. You also agree that it is being used for free and for educational purposes only.

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is one of the most widely used psychological instruments for measuring stress perceptions. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one’s life are seen as stressful.

Purpose: To assess the degree to which people perceive their lives as stressful. High levels of stress are associated with poor self-reported health, elevated blood pressure, depression, and susceptibility to infection.

The questions in this scale ask you about your feelings and thoughts during the last month. In each case, please indicate by checking how often you felt or thought a certain way.

Primary Reference:
Cohen, S., Kamarck, T., & Mermelstein, R. (1983). A global measure of perceived stress. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 24, 385-396.

Copyright © 1994 by Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D