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Life changes (life events or life transistions) are the longer term consequences of life experiences such as:

while these events have their immediate consequences they also require longer term adjustments.

In psychological research life eventsare a class of life stress that are thought to lead to physical or psychological difficulties. they include both 'negative' events {such as losses of various kinds, of partners, jobs etc} and also 'positive' events, {such as getting married, children leaving home etc}.

Assessment tools

Various life event inventories have been constructed to return indices of life event stress, for research purposes. These include:

Other researchers, notably George Brown developed semi-structured interview techniques to assess life event stress levels.

See also


Furter reading

Key Texts – Books

  • Dohrenwend, B.S. and Dohrenwend, B.P. (eds) (1974) Stressful Life Events: Their Nature and Effects, New York: John Wiley.

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