Hassles & Uplifts

An alternative to the traditional life events approach to measuring stressors

Richard S. Lazarus & Susan Folkman

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A new way of looking at stress. The Hassles and Uplifts Scales (HSUP) measures respondents attitudes about daily situations defined as "hassles" and "uplifts." Instead of focusing on highly charged life events, the HSUP provides a comfortable way to evaluate positive and negative events that occur in each person's daily life. Clients are then empowered to develop strategies for dealing with hassles and enhancing the occurrence of uplifts in their daily lives. The Manual (Sampler Set) contains normative data on 448 adults and 432 college students. Data for the Combined Scale is reported for a sample of adults and elderly individuals aged 65 to 74.

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Contents of Manual

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Scales

The HSUP consists of three separate scales.

1. The Daily Hassles Scale

A hundred and seventeen items used to measure the frequency and severity of a person's transactions with the environment that are considered by the person to be stressful events.

0 1 2 3
None or
Did Not Occur
Somewhat Severe Moderately Severe Extremely Severe
Example: How much of a hassle was this for you?
A. Misplacing or losing things 0 1 2 3
B. Troublesome neighbors 0 1 2 3

 

2. The Uplifts Scale

135 items used to measure the frequency of a person's transactions with the environment that are considered by the person to be positive experiences.

0 1 2 3
None or Did Not Occur Somewhat Severe Moderately Severe Extremely Severe
Example: How much of an uplift was this for you?
A. Getting enough sleep 0 1 2 3
B. Practicing your hobby 0 1 2 3

 

3. The Combined Hassles and Uplifts Scale

Fifty-three items worded so that the respondent can indicate whether a given transaction is a hassle, an uplift, or both.

0 1 2 3
None or not applicable Somewhat Quite a bit A great deal

Please circle one number on both sides

How much of a hassle was this for you?   How much of an uplift was this for you?
0 1 2 3 A. Time spent with family 0 1 2 3
0 1 2 3 B. Enough money for emergencies 0 1 2 3

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