The Life Events Inventory: re-scaling based on an occupational sample

Occup Med (Lond). 2001 Jun;51(4):287-93. doi: 10.1093/occmed/51.4.287.


The objective of this study was to compare the validity of the original weightings used by the Life Events Inventory (LEI) with those obtained from a contemporary occupational sample. Fifty male and 62 female manufacturing employees (age range 16-55 years) assigned scores to each item on a slightly modified version of the LEI scale. The current sample consistently assigned higher weights to events/items than did the original sample, but there was high agreement in terms of item ranking. Some distinct age and gender differences in scoring were apparent, and are discussed further. It was concluded that when separate weightings are employed for age and gender groups, the LEI remains a useful tool for quantifying background levels of stress in both workplace stress audits and epidemiological studies where statistical control for non-occupational sources of stress is required.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Sex Factors
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology*