Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 37–55 | Cite as

Cognitive assessment of social anxiety: Development and validation of a self-statement questionnaire

  • Carol R. Glass
  • Thomas V. Merluzzi
  • Joan L. Biever
  • Kathryn H. Larsen


The recent emphasis on cognitive factors in the treatment of emotional problems has stimulated the development of cognitive assessment techniques. This paper presents the development and initial validation of an instrument to assess self-statements about social interactions. The 30-item questionnaire contains 15 positive (facilitative) and 15 negative (inhibitory) self-statements that were derived from subjects who listed thoughts while imagining difficult social situations. Item selection was accomplished by using judges' ratings of those thoughts. Validity studies with two samples compared scores on the self-statement measure with self-report, judges' and confederates' ratings of skill and anxiety following taped role-play and face-to-face interactions, and with questionnaire measures of social anxiety and skill. The measure appears to be a reliable, valid measure of cognitions associated with social anxiety. Research directions in cognitive assessment are suggested.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol R. Glass
    • 1
  • Thomas V. Merluzzi
    • 2
  • Joan L. Biever
    • 2
  • Kathryn H. Larsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCatholic University of AmericaWashington, D.C.USA
  2. 2.University of Notre DameFrance

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