The List of Threatening Experiences: a subset of 12 life event categories with considerable long-term contextual threat

Psychol Med. 1985 Feb;15(1):189-94. doi: 10.1017/s003329170002105x.


In a survey of a random sample of the general population recent life events, collected and rated for long-term contextual threat according to the methods of Brown & Harris (1978), were also recorded where possible on an inventory of life event categories (Tennant & Andrews, 1977). Of the 82.5% of all events collected which were covered by the inventory, 12 of the 67 event categories accounted for 77% of life events with an aetiologicaly significant rating of marked or moderate long-term threat. Where practical and economic constraints oblige research workers to choose the inventory method, a brief list of event categories, such as the List of Threatening Experiences, is recommended in preference to much longer lists.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Mood Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders / psychology*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
  • Psychometrics