The following article was a great article detailing the administration of the perceived stress scale (PSS), which helps individual participants evaluate just how stressed they are in a standardized way, that can be easily statistically tested by researchers. In addition to the PSS, I was able to utilize this source to mirror my research design’s survey from. It also includes a copy of the PSS in the appendix, making it really helpful for anyone who wants to see just how simple (yet effective) it is to incorporate into your research design. If anyone is looking at stressful affects in their designs, I recommend reading through it.
Cohen, Sheldon, Kamarck, Tom., Mermelstein, Robin. 1983 A Global Measure of Perceived Stress. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 24(4):385-396 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136404