Perceived Stress Scale


The Perceived Stress Scale was produced by Sheldon Cohen in 1983. It measures stress by a series of questions based on your feelings and emotions over the last month and how strongly you've felt them. It helps you to recognise just how often you have been feeling high levels of stress and putting your wellbeing at risk.


There is no universal scoring system for this scale. It is not a diagnostic tool and should not be used as such.





Cohen, S., Kamarck, T. & Mermelstein, R. (1983) 'A Global Measure of Perceived Stress.' Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 24(4) pp. 385-396.

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