READ THIS FIRST: Now we are going to ask you some questions about events in your life that are frightening, upsetting, or stressful to most people. Please think back over your whole life when you answer these questions. Some of these questions may be about upsetting events you don’t usually talk about. Your answers are important, but you do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to. Thank you.
Life Stressor Checklist-Revised Scoring Options
This measure is valid using a number of different scoring methods. We have highlighted three scoring methods that we believe to be the most useful.
One method of scoring the LSC-R is to simply give one point to each positively endorsed stressor (the numbered questions), count up the total, and assign an overall Life Stressor score to each participant. The scores range from 0-30.
The second option is to score the LSC-R by assigning weights to the person’s endorsed life stressors. This score, ranging from 0-150, reflects a person’s subjective rating of how a life stressor affected the person’s life in the past year. Each positively endorsed life stressor would be assigned points ranging from 1-5 according to the marked number in lettered question “e.”
This method identifies the person’s number of positively endorsed life stressors that reflect the DSM-IV Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Criteria A for having experienced a traumatic event. Points are assigned only when a life stressor is positively endorsed as well as questions “c” and “d,” reflecting the DSM-IV criteria for experiencing a traumatic life event. You will notice that options c and d are only available for selected questions as appropriate for DSM-IV criteria. Some researchers have found it useful to use this scoring option in conjunction with Option 1, where there is a score for high magnitude stressors (criteria A stressors) and low magnitude stressors (other significant stressful events).
a.How old were you when this happened? __________
c. At the time of the event did you believe that you or someone else could be killed orseriously harmed?
d.At the time of the event did you experience feelings of intense helplessness, fear, or horror?
b.How old were you when this ended? __________