Here is a quick yet reliable way to identify the lifestyle, coping, and psychosocial factors that help individuals withstand the adverse effects of daily stress. StressScan is an adaptation of the Stress Profile published by Western Psychological Services, provides targeted information about specific lifestyle and health behaviors that might be contributing to stress-related illnesses for particular individuals.

StressScan has over fifteen years of published research showing significant associations with a wide range of health and organizational outcomes such as absenteeism, job satisfaction, physical illness, job burnout, depression, anxiety, and psychological distress in working adults. A large international normative data base is used to compare lifestyle practices, health habits and wellness practices in working adults.

This validated self-report inventory measures critical stress, lifestyle management and coping scales and generates a comprehensive feedback report summarizing results and providing information for optimizing wellness. StressScan is particularly useful in organizational settings-as part of executive/management coaching, stress management training, wellness/health promotion programs, employee assistance and research.

StressScan Scales:

    Additional Information:

    StressScan Scales:
      Work/Life Stress
      Lifestyle Habits
      • Physical Activity/Exercise
      • Eating/Nutrition
      • Sleep/Rest
      • Preventive Practices
      • Smoking
      • Substance Use
      Social Support
      Cognitive Hardiness
      Type A Behavior
      Coping Style
      • Positive Appraisal
      • Negative Appraisal
      • Threat Minimization
      • Problem-Focused Coping
      Psychological Well-Being
      Response Distortion
      Health Risk Alerts
      Health Protection Resources

    Additional information and psychometric properties of StressScan can be found in:

    Nowack, K. (2000). Occupational stress management: Effective or not? In P. Schnall, K. Belkie, P. Landensbergis, & D. Baker (Eds.). Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, Hanley and Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA., Vol 15, No. 1, pp. 231-233 Abstract

    Greene, R. and Nowack, K. (1996) Stress, hardiness and absenteeism: Results of a 3-year longitudinal study. Work and Stress, 9, 448-462. Abstract

    Nowack, K. (1994). Psychosocial Predictors of Health and Absenteeism: Results of Two Prospective Studies. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, September 1994, Los Angeles, CA Abstract

    Nowack, K. and Pentkowski, A. (1994). Lifestyle habits, substance use, and predictors of job burnout. Work and Stress, 8, 19-35. Abstract

    Schwartz, G.E., Schwartz, J.I., Nowack, K.M., & Eichling, P.S. (1993). The hardiness and the negative affectivity confound as a function of a defensive coping style. University of Arizona and Canyon Ranch. Unpublished manuscript. Abstract

    Schwartz, G.E., Schwartz, J.I., Nowack, K.M., & Eichling, P.S. (1992). Changes in perceived stress and social support over time are related to changes in immune function. University of Arizona and Canyon Ranch. Unpublished manuscript. Abstract

    Nowack, K. M. (1991). Psychosocial predictors of physical health status. Work and Stress, 5, 117-131. Abstract

    Nowack, K. M. (1990). Initial development and validation of a stress and health risk factor instrument. American Journal of Health Promotion, 4, 173-180. Abstract

    Nowack, K. M. (1989). Coping style, cognitive hardiness, & health status. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 12, 145-158. Abstract

    Nowack, K. M. (1987). Health habits, Type A behavior, & job burnout. Work & Stress, 1, 135-142 Abstract

    To order the StressScan Online, click here.

    For additional scoring options, please contact Western Psychological Services.

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