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Stress – Defining and Measuring Stress

4. Measuring Stress

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In this module, we think about how stress can be measured. We begin by discussing why it may be difficult to assess levels of stress through observation or self-report, before moving on to consider different measures researchers have developed to address these issues. First, we look at standardised self-report questionnaires, including the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) and the Hassles and Uplifts Scale. Next, we explore several physiological markers used to measure stress, such as galvanic skin response, cardiovascular activity and cortisol levels.


In this course, Dr Sarita Robinson (University of Central Lancashire) discusses the topic of stress. We begin, in module one, by thinking about how we can define stress before moving on to examine how the body responds to stress in module two. Module three looks at the impact stress has on our health and well-being, while module four explores different methods of measuring stress. Finally, in module five, we think about how we can manage and cope with stressful situations.


Sarita Robinson (Psychology BSc - Lancaster University; Cognitive Sciences MSc - Manchester University) completed her PhD in Cognitive and Neuroimmune Responses to Threat at Lancaster University before joining the School of Psychology at UCLan in 2005. Sarita’s research interests mainly focus on cognitive neuropsychology and psychobiology in relation to people in survival situations. Sarita is also interested in the link between dental health and Alzheimer’s disease, the health benefits of Green space and Post-Traumatic Growth after trauma. Sarita is also passionate about science communication and undertakes extensive public engagement work.

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