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The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is a widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. Developed by Sheldon Cohen, Tom Kamarck, and Robin Mermelstein, it assesses the degree to which situations in one’s life are appraised as stressful. Typically comprising 10 items, the scale asks respondents to rate the frequency of their feelings and thoughts related to stress over the past month.
Responses are scored to provide a total level of perceived stress. The PSS is valuable for identifying high stress levels, guiding stress management strategies, and is useful in both research and clinical settings to evaluate the effectiveness of stress interventions and to understand the relationship between stress, health, and disease.
Please note this questionnaire is for educational use only. Consult a qualified mental health professional if you need support with stress management. Managing stress in healthy ways is vital for well-being.
If you are interested in other stress and anxiety self-assessments, please see our overview of downloadable questionnaires to measure your levels subjectively.
Alternatively, you can check out our overview page of the most reputable stress and anxiety questionnaires to take online.