The Personal Stress Navigator (PSN)©
The PSN has been called the “gold standard” of stress assessment methods by Norman Anderson, Ph.D., currently the Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association.
The PSN is a unique state-of-the-art tool for anyone who needs or wants to evaluate and reduce stress in their lives. It provides a scientific and comprehensive assessment of the sources and symptoms of stress caused by the demands and pressures of everyday life. The PSN was carefully designed to do much more than produce stress scores. It is completely focused on reducing stress and improving your quality of life and well-being. The online PSN can be taken by anyone over the age of eighteen, and it can be accessed using any computer with an Internet connection. The fee for the PSN assessment and report is $75.00 (USD).
When you take the PSN, you receive:
- PSN (BEHAVIORAL WELLNESS) REPORT: Immediately after taking the PSN, you will be able to review and print your extensive personalized report (Click the buttons at the bottom of this page to review a high-stress or low-stress sample report). This will quickly and confidentially helps you evaluate the impact of stress in your life, and see how your scores compare to a large database of other individuals. Nobody but you can see or gain access to your report
- ACTION PLANNING SYSTEM: The PSN website includes a guided action plan section that is based on your specific scores. This will help you design a detailed plan to reduce stress and improve your health and well-being. Depending on your situation, design and implementation of the action plan may or may not require professional assistance.
- FREE RE-TAKE: For twelve months after completing the PSN, you will have the ability to take the PSN as many times as you wish at no additional cost. This will help you see how your stress levels have changed over time.
The Twenty-five Different Stress Scales Included in the PSN:
The comprehensive PSN Behavioral Wellness report provides standardized scores for the following scales:
- SUSCEPTIBILITY SCALE: How susceptible is the individual to life stress?
- SIX STRESS SOURCE SCALES: Social, Personal, Family, Job, Financial, Environmental.
- SEVEN STRESS SYMPTOM SCALES: Muscular, Sympathetic, Parasympathetic, Endocrine, Cognitive, Emotional & Immune Systems.
- NINE FACTOR SCALES: These additional scales (Chronic stress, Acute stress, Burnout, Personal Uncertainty, Work Setting, Marital & Relationship Difficulty, Powerlessness, Discrimination and Personal Success) provide insight about the nature of stresses that cut across multiple life areas for the individual.
- TWO SUMMARY SCALES: Stress Sources and Stress Symptoms
Overall, the PSN scores are a solid measure of personal stress levels, and they allow for comparison of personal scores to those of the general population (primarily US data).LOW STRESS PSN SAMPLE REPORT HIGH STRESS PSN SAMPLE REPORT
The PSN is based on the Biobehavioral Model of Stress © developed by two of the world’s leading authorities on the causes and effects of organizational stress, Drs. Lyle H. Miller and Alma Dell Smith. Using proprietary statistical methods, the PSN identifies sources and symptoms of stress for a given individual, in addition to measuring their personal susceptibility to stress. It analyzes the internal and external causes of stress and differentiates acute stress from chronic stress. The PSN has been reviewed and listed in Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook (Volume 10) and has been rigorously reviewed for its integrity. The reliabilities, standard errors of measurement, and the validities for all PSN scores are quite robust and well within the guidelines of psychometric instruments published by the American Psychological Association and by the Federal Government for contract suppliers. The PSN is the foundation upon which our organizational stress assessments are built.