Perceived Stress

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The HSE Work-related stress scale was developed and tested alongside the Work-related Quality of Life scale (WRQoL scale - also included in the Bounce platform) by Portsmouth University. It provides feedback on the seven stressor categories included in the UK Health and Safety Executive's Management Standards; such as demands, management support and relationships.
The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is the most widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one’s life are appraised as stressful. Items were designed to tap how unpredictable, uncontrollable, and overloaded respondents find their lives. High levels of stress are associated with poor self-reported health, elevated blood pressure, depression, and susceptibility to infection.
The PSS-C is helpful for the early identification of children at risk of anxiety/stress. This is important because stress appears to result in increased vulnerability for poorer school outcomes and reduced home functional performance, as well as resulting in problems with overall health, mental health and body weight. An effective and efficient assessment for early identification of anxiety/stress in children assists in the development of appropriate interventions.
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