At this point, I would like to give you a summary of your exposure to stress across the life course. I've also produced a set of graphs and brief summary reports that will allow you to compare your stress exposure to others. You will also be able to see how resilient you are to stress. Finally, if you want, you'll be able to download a copy of your results to your computer. To begin, just click the button below:
Total Number of Stressors
SUMMARY: The total number of stressors that you experienced is . This score was calculated from your answers to the questions that asked you about whether you had experienced different stressors. Greater overall stress exposure is generally associated with poorer overall health and wellbeing, and possibly with decreased longevity. The total number of stressors that you experienced is less than average for all people.
Total Number of Stressors
SUMMARY: This is a breakdown of your total stress exposure by type of stress (i.e., acute vs. chronic). Acute life events are stressors that occur over a relatively short period of time, such as a relationship break-up or losing a job. Although the effects of such stressors can persist, the events themselves are relatively acute in nature. The amount of acute life event stress that you have experienced is less than average for all people. In contrast, chronic difficulties are stressors that endure over an extended period of time, such as months or years. They can involve circumstances like ongoing financial problems or caring for a loved one who is dying. The amount of chronic difficulty stress that you have experienced is less than average for all people. Put together, your overall exposure to acute life events and chronic difficulties is less than average for all people.
Total Severity of Stressors
SUMMARY: Your total overall stress severity score is . This score was calculated based on your answers to how threatening or stressful you found the circumstances you experienced. High scores on this scale are generally related to a person's overall health and quality of life. Sometimes what matters most is not what challenges you face in life, but how stressful or threatening you perceive those challenges to be. Your overall stress severity score is less than average for all people.
Number of Recent Mental and Physical Health Problems
SUMMARY: This graph illustrates the number of recent mental and physical health problems that you reported experiencing. Higher scores indicate more health problems. The measure's minimum score is around 20, so don't be alarmed if your score seems higher than what you feel you've been experiencing. The number of recent mental and physical health problems that you reported experiencing is less than average for all people.
Stress Exposure by Life Domain
SUMMARY: This graph summarizes your stress exposure by type of stress, or "life domain," thus allowing you to see where you are experiencing the most stress in your life. Your stress exposure by life domain is shown in gold, and the stress exposure for your comparison group, all people, is shown in blue. Your stress exposure across all life domains is less than average. This graph illustrates the life domains that are most greatly impacting your overall stress score. Click on each open circle in the graph above to learn more about the types of stressors that are in each life domain.
SUMMARY: These graphs summarize how resilient you are to stress. The top graph shows how many mental and physical health problems you actually experienced relative to what you would be expected to experience. Specifically, compared to all people, your mental and physical health stress resilience level is very high (0.0% of expected). If these results are translated into a standard score, the actual number of health problems you have experienced is 2.165 standard deviations below average. The bottom graph shows the difference between your actual and expected stress severity level. Compared to all people, the difference between your actual and expected overall stress severity is average (0.0% of expected). If these results are translated into a standard score, your actual experience of stress is 0.156 standard deviations below what would be expected. Stress resilience involves coping with stressors in a way that minimizes the biological toll that stress normally takes on a person's physical and mental health. If we analyze both of these graphs together, we see that the difference between your actual and expected stress severity level is considerably lower than your mental and physical health stress resilience level. More specifically, there is a difference of more than one standard score between your two levels. This indicates that you may have less stress-related health problems than what would be expected from your report of how stressful your experiences have been. Put another way, you may experience stressors as more stressful than the amount that your health is affected by those circumstances. Health-related stress resilience can be considered as the opposite of susceptibility to stress-related disease. Therefore, your results indicate that you have a very low susceptibility to developing stress-related health problems and diseases.