PSS-10 Perceived Stress Scale

The following questions ask about your feelings and thoughts during THE PAST MONTH. In each question, you will be asked HOW OFTEN you felt or thought a certain way. Although some of the questions are similar, there are small differences between them and you should treat each one as a separate question. The best approach is to answer fairly quickly. That is, don't try to count up the exact number of times you felt a particular way, but tell me the answer that in general seems the best.





Feelings and thoughts during the past month Never Almost never Sometimes Fairly often Very often
1. In the past month, how often have you been upset because of something that happened unexpectedly?
2. In the past month, how often have you felt unable to control the important things in your life?
3. In the past month, how often have you felt nervous or stressed?
4. In the past month, how often have you felt confident about your ability to handle personal problems?
5. In the past month, how often have you felt that things were going your way?
6. In the past month, how often have you found that you could not cope with all the things you had to do?
7. In the past month, how often have you been able to control irritations in your life?
8. In the past month, how often have you felt that you were on top of things?
9. In the past month, how often have you been angry because of things that happened that were outside of your control?
10. In the past month, how often have you felt that difficulties were piling up so high that you could not overcome them?