Definition (and Description)
Life events are specific occurrences experienced by an individual that are perceived as stressful, e.g., bereavement, divorce, and moving house. Life events are not always negative events but can be something positive which is perceived as stressful due to the amount of change it brings into the individual’s life, e.g., getting married and changing job.
Life event measures are often used to identify relationships between stress and health within behavioral medicine research. Life events are usually assessed by standardized interview or questionnaire. Such questionnaires ask the individual to indicate which events have happened to them over a specific time period such as 1 year or 1 month. Life events are usually limited to several key domains such as health, marriage, relationships, bereavement, work, housing, and finance. Some life event measures are specific to certain populations or age groups such as the Life...