Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Illness Perceptions Questionnaire (IPQ-R)

  • Jane Upton
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_461


The illness perceptions questionnaire measures an individual’s beliefs and feelings about their illness.

The Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) is a widely used quantitative measure of the five components of illness representations in Leventhal’s self-regulatory model (Moss-Morris et al., 2002). It has been validated for a range of chronic conditions in a wide variety of languages. The five components include:
  • Identity in which patients rate the number of symptoms they perceive to be part of the illness

  • The cause of the illness

  • The timeline of the illness, how long they think it will last

  • The consequences of the illness, including whether they perceive it to be a serious condition

  • Whether they think the illness can be cured or controlled

These components showed good test-retest reliability, with correlations ranging from.46 to.88 (Moss-Morris et al., 2002).

References and Readings

  1. Moss-Morris, R., Weinman, J., Petrie, K., Horne, R., Cameron, L., Buick, D., et al. (2002). The revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R). Psychology and Health, 17, 1–16.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sport and Exercise SciencesUniversity of BirminghamEdgbaston, BirminghamUK