Table 1

Ranking and weights of LCU for the stressful life events on the LESS scale in the original study and in the Cypriot sample of students
Original study by Linden Cypriot students sample Difference
Less scale for university students Rank of the severity LCU M† LCU SD Rank of the severity LCU M‡ LCU SD In rank In scores
Death of a parent 1 100 0.00 1 100 0.00 ------ 0
Death of the best or of a very close friend 2 87 10.3 2 91 18.2 ------ +4
Jail term (self) 3 78 20.8 15 62 25.6 −12 −16
Break-up of parent’s marriage/divorce 4 74 22.8 7 72 24.1 −3 −2
Getting kicked out of college 5 72 19.3 5 76 24.8 ------ +4
Major car accident (car wrecked, people injured) 6 71 21.7 3 83 23.0 +3 +12
Pregnancy (either yourself or being the father) 7 68 13.7 12 64 29.6 −5 −4
Failing in a number of courses 8 67 24.1 13 64 29.6 −5 −4
Parent losing his/her job 9 66 23.0 11 68 22.9 −2 +2
Major personal injury or illness 10 65 23.8 4 82 20.8 +6 +17
Braking up/loosing contact with a close friend 11 65 23.2 16 62 24.0 −5 −3
Major change of health status in a close family member 12 63 21.1 19 57 24.5 −7 −6
Break-up with boy/girlfriend 13 62 22.9 17 62 25.3 −4 0
Major and/or chronic financial problems 14 60 22.3 6 76 18.4 +8 +16
Moving out of town with parents 15 58 24.7 24 51 27.7 −9 −7
Seriously thinking about dropping college 16 57 27.8 8 72 24.3 +8 +15
Getting an unjustified low mark in a test 17 55 26.3 21 54 27.8 −4 −1
Moving away from home 18 54 24.5 23 52 31.9 −5 −2
Failing in one course 19 53 25.8 9 71 24.0 +10 +18
Switch in a program within the same college or university 20 52 24.2 27 47 29.2 −7 −5
Seeking psychological or psychiatric consultation 21 52 25.7 26 49 25.8 −5 −3
Major argument with parents 22 51 26.5 22 53 22.7 ------ +2
Major argument with boy/girlfriend 23 49 23.0 18 60 23.0 +5 +11
Sex difficulties with boy/girlfriend 24 49 25.8 14 64 25.2 +10 +15
Establishing a new steady relationship with a partner 25 44 25.5 28 39 25.4 −3 −5
Minor car accident 26 43 20.4 29 38 25.1 −3 −5
Minor financial problems 27 41 23.2 20 57 24.9 +7 −4
Losing a part-time job 28 40 24.6 10 69 23.4 +18 +29
Getting your own car 29 38 27.2 30 33 28.4 −4 −5
Finding a part-time job 30 37 24.0 31 33 25.3 −1 −4
Change of job 31 35 23.6 25 50 24.4 +6 +15
Minor violation of the law (e.g. speeding ticket) 32 34 23.4 33 27 25.3 −1 −7
Beginning an undergraduate program in the university 33 33 23.4 32 31 26.0 +2 −2
Family getting together 34 30 27.3 34 22 25.0 ------ −8
Vacation with parents 35 29 24.4 35 15 18.5 ------ −14
Vacation alone/with friends 36 24 23.4 36 14 17.3 ------ −10

† In the original study, weights for each event were calculated by averaging (mean and SD) the responses given by the participants. ‡ The weights for each event in this study were calculated in a similar approach to the original study.

Sokratous et al.

Sokratous et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:1121   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1121

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