Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Eustress: the development of a questionnaire


Msc assignment

Internal or external? Internal                                                                                                

How many students possible? 2

Own data collection or existing data? Existing data

Type of research: quantitative empirical

EC: 10        



Stress is an inevitably part of life. Stress is considered negative and most stress research emphasizes the belief that stress has harmful effects on mental and physical health. The positive counterpart of stress, that is, eustress, is much less researched. Eustress is a form of stress that encourages action at times when you feel challenged and is accompanied by positive feelings. Just as repeated physical activity promotes physical health, repeated eustress can promote mental health and performance. Unfortunately, little is known about this subject and more research is needed.


To date, there is no suitable questionnaire for measuring eustress. For this assignment you will work on developing a questionnaire. You will determine the psychometric properties of a set of items. In addition, you will examine the association of eustress with factors such as  locus of control, well-being, self-esteem, resilience, optimism or coping. 


Who are we looking for?

Enthusiastic students who are willing to explore this new area of research and are capable of doing quantitative data analysis.


Supervisors: dr. Mirjam Radstaak