The Stepfamily Stress Index
© Dr. Nodrick
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
Should my partner and I complete the SSI together?
You may complete the SSI
all on your own. However, if you and your partner both decide to complete the
SSI, we prefer that each of you complete it
independently, because the differences between your answers will help us to
understand your family and circumstances much better.
does it take to complete the SSI?
Most people are able to complete the SSI within 15 to 20
here to take the SSI.
After we receive your completed survey(s), we
a) score them, and
b) make your results available to your
consultant / counsellor / instructor who will report them to you.
Please Note: An automated interpretation of your SSI results is not yet
available. Accordingly you will need to
with one of our stepfamily specialists to receive an
interpretation of your results.
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use of stepfamily members visiting the Stepfamily Foundation of
Alberta web site. All other
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