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


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

anxiety cognitive assessment self-statements Anxious Self-Statements Questionnaire (ASSQ) assessment 


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Copyright information

© 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

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