The Stepfamily Stress Index


© Dr. Bill Nodrick 2010, 2013


What is the Stepfamily Stress Index? 

The Stepfamily Stress Index (SSI) is a norm-referenced survey that was designed to: 

a) identify specific factors causing stress in a particular stepfamily, so that

b) appropriate actions could be prescribed to relieve that stepfamily's stress.


Specifically, the SSI:

    a) measures the strength of a number of stressors that may be present in your stepfamily setting,  

    b) evaluates the extent to which these stressors are impacting you personally, and

    c) assesses how well you are using a number of important stress-reducing skills to combat these stressors.


How do I complete it? 

1) Click on the link below to start the survey. 

2) Answer each of the questions as indicated. 

3) When you have finished the last question, hit the “Submit” button to forward your answers for scoring.

4) Then ask your partner to (independently) complete the survey.


Your results: After we receive both of your completed surveys, we will:

    a) score them, and 

    b) make your results available to your counsellor/instructor who will report them to you.


Should my partner and I complete the SSI together? 

No. We prefer that you each complete the SSI independently, because the differences between your answers will help us to understand your family and circumstances much better.


How long will it take? 

Most people are able to complete the SSI within 15 to 20 minutes.

Click here to take the SSI


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