The CHOPS tool helps you explore 10 areas of stress. It was designed primarily for mission, humanitarian, and development workers. The first version included seven areas of stress (1990). It was expanded into 10 areas by 1995. The 2012 version has more items relevant for workers from the Majority World. Like previous versions, it is organized in terms of struggles, successes, and strategies and it can be used to explore adjustment for individuals, couples, teams, departments, and organizations.
The latest version (2015) is more quantitative (rating scale) and focuses primarily on stressors for individuals. The results can also be used as a springboard to discuss successful ways that a person has been adjusting well and strategic ways for adjusting well in the future.
CHOPS Stress Inventory 2015
Dr. Kelly O’Donnell and Dr. Michele Lewis O’;Donnell, adapted by Dr. Laurie A. Tone
Note March 2019; This overview below is being updated.
Click here to see Dr. Tone’s one-page overview:
Introducing the CHOPS Stress Inventory 2015
The ©CHOPS version used prior to 2012 is translated into these languages:
Arabic: CHOPS شكل.doc
Bahasa Indonesia: CHOPS Bahasa Indonesia.doc
Chinese: CHOPS 压力的目录.doc
Korean: CHOPS 스트레스 요인 목록.doc
German: CHOPS Deutsch.jpg
Spanish: CHOPS Espanol.pdf
CHOPS is an acronym for 10 areas of stress. The term refers to the ongoing need to monitor one’s wellbeing and effectiveness (WE) so as to not become prey (lamb “chops”) for the the stress-producing wolves in one’s life and work.