The following main variables are scored:
- Triggering of stress: Overall measure of the presence of stress-triggering events.
- Stress manifestation: The number of manifestations of stress and symptoms of strain that occur.
- Coping: The number of coping strategies that are actually used.
- Stress stabilization: Overall measure of existing stabilization factors that can lead to the subjective feeling of stress becoming chronic.
The subsidiary variables are an aid to interpretation, as they enable the main variables to be viewed in a more nuanced way. For example, distinctions are made between the triggering of stress through everyday events, through interaction or through worries about life circumstances and the different triggers are scored separately.
In addition, the subsidiary variables are correlated and the subjective experience of stress is assessed. This enables the respondent to be assigned with a certain probability to one of a number of types:
- Type I: Normal type – stress is a common occurrence but the respondent copes with it successfully.
- Type II: Overstressed – above-average physiological and emotional/cognitive suffering in the face of everyday stress despite an above-average number of coping strategies.
- Type III: Stress-resistant – below-average stress as a result of everyday situations. There is therefore less need for coping strategies.
- Type IV: Low stress – successful coping.
- Type V High stress – successful coping.