Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 81–93

Anxious self-talk: Development of the Anxious Self-Statements Questionnaire (ASSQ)

  • Philip C. Kendall
  • Steven D. Hollon

DOI: 10.1007/BF01178491

Cite this article as:
Kendall, P.C. & Hollon, S.D. Cogn Ther Res (1989) 13: 81. doi:10.1007/BF01178491


The present report describes the development of a self-statement inventory for the assessment of anxious self-talk, the Anxious Self-Statements Questionnaire (ASSQ). Psychometrically defined groups (using dual criteria) of high anxious and normal level anxious undergraduates were arranged in both initial item-selection and cross-validation samples. Thirty-two items discriminated between criterion groups. Estimates of reliability were quite acceptable. Males and females did not differ in responses to the ASSQ. Factor analysis revealed a three-factor solution. A second study found the ASSQ to be sensitive to a stressful event. Discussion includes consideration of the use of the ASSQ to assess intervention-produced change in the frequency of anxious self-talk, the need for further study using clinical samples, and the important of exploring the role of anxious self-talk by using multiple methods of measurement. The ASSQ may provide a measure to facilitate further study of the cognitive information processing difficulties associated with anxiety disorders.

Key words

anxietycognitive assessmentself-statementsAnxious Self-Statements Questionnaire (ASSQ)assessment

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip C. Kendall
    • 1
  • Steven D. Hollon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWeiss Hall, Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt UniversityUSA