Differential Stress Inventory

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Measures the level and causes of an individual’s experience of stress.
The special stress inventory, DSI, yields a differentiated assessment of stress triggers, stress manifestations, available coping strategies and risks of stress stabilization. Coping successfully with stressful situations and everyday stressors is crucial to personal wellbeing and for success and productivity at work. The DSI is therefore useful in the fields of personnel development (staff & management assessments) and career guidance. The level of subjectively experienced stress can be related to a number of psychosomatic disorders (e.g. burnout, migraine). This questionnaire is therefore also used in clinical neuropsychology.
Forms S3 and S4 (DSIHR) are particularly suitable for use in the assessment of fitness to use weapons and in HR.

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S1: Standard form for adults/people in work S2: Standard form for adolescents/school students S3: Standard form DSIHR for adults/people in work S4: Standard form DSIHR for adolescents/school students


Using a four-point answer scale, respondents indicate how frequently or strongly various statements have applied to them in the past two to three months. The previous answer can be corrected.


Clinical-psychological dimensions

Work-related aspects of personality



English (USA)

Chinese (Taiwan)










approx. 23 minutes

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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.

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LanguagesBulgarian, Chinese, Chinese (Taiwan), Czech, English (USA), German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian
Test informationwide norm spectrum <i class="fas fa-info-circle tooltips test-info" data-container="body" data-placement="top" data-toggle="tooltip" title="In tests with a wide norm spectrum the norms cover a wide age range (wider than ages 16-84), or multiple norm samples (at least two) are available."></i>
DimensionsClinical-psychological dimensions, Work-related aspects of personality
Test typeSpecial Personality Tests