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Breakup Distress Scale

How well are you handling your breakup? Take this test to find out.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | May 20, 2024

Breakups tend to be emotionally draining and stressful. The feelings can be exacerbated by rough dissolution, lack of closure or unresolved emotions. The Breakup Distress Scale is a tool designed to measure the emotional and psychological distress individuals experience after a romantic relationship ends.

This scale consists of 16 statements that provide insights into the emotional state of an individual post-breakup. The scale assesses various aspects of breakup-related distress, including feelings of sadness, loss, confusion and difficulty moving on. It helps quantify the intensity of negative emotions and the overall impact of the breakup on an individual's mental health and daily functioning.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements about the breakup with your ex-partner, on a scale of “not at all” to “extremely,” based on how much they resonate with you:

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Field, T., Diego, M., Pelaez, M., Deeds, O., & Delgado, J. (2011). Breakup distress in university students: A review. College Student Journal, 45(3), 461–480.

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