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Job Stress Survey

Charles D. Spielberger, PhD, and Peter R. Vagg, PhD

Identifies sources of stress in the workplace
Paper and pencil, E-Manual
Age range:
18 years to 65 years
10–15 minutes; 20 minutes to score
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Assesses Intensity and Frequency of Occurance of 30 Stressor Events Related to Job Stress for Individuals or Groups


The JSS was developed to assess sources of work-related stress. It provides valuable information about the specific aspects of a particular job or work environment that may be good targets for job redesign, organizational change, or other interventions. The client indicates on a scale of 0 to 9+ days how often each JSS stressor event has occurred during the preceding 6 months.

Features and benefits

  • Appropriate for individuals in a wide variety of business, industrial, and educational settings.
  • Severity and Frequency scales provide information on the average level of perceived severity and frequency of occurrence.
  • The Stress Index assesses the client’s overall level of stress based on the combined severity and frequency ratings.
  • The 10-item JSS subscales measure components of occupational stress associated with the job itself (i.e., Job Pressure) and with supervisors, coworkers, or the policies and procedures of the organization (i.e., Lack of Organizational Support).
  • In addition to providing information about specific work-related stressors that adversely affect individual employees, the JSS can also be utilized to identify sources of occupational stress for groups of workers and to evaluate and compare the stress levels of employees in different departments or divisions within the same organization.