Independent Psychometric Evaluation and Predictive Utility of The Social Anxiety Questionnaire

Jacob D. Kraft, De Mond M. Grant, Kaitlyn M. Nagel, Danielle E. Deros, Kristen E. Frosio, Danielle L. Taylor, Evan J. White

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The Social Anxiety Questionnaire (SAQ) is a 10-item measure of social anxiety developed to comprehensively and concisely target the mechanisms described in Clark and Wells’ model of social anxiety and address the breadth of social anxiety symptoms which may not all be encompassed in existing questionnaires. The aim of the current studies is to independently investigate the factor structure of the SAQ (i.e., Study 1 and 2) and determine its predictive validity and utility (i.e., Study 3 and 4). Data were collected across 4 studies to evaluate the factor structure and utility. Overall, the results suggest that a total summed score of the SAQ appeared to capture unique aspects of social anxiety that may not be captured using a single measure and appears to provide utility in experimental manipulations of theoretical maintenance factors. The current study was limited by a convenience sample and future research should continue to document the psychometric properties and clinical utility of this novel measure of social anxiety. The SAQ may show promise in both correlational and experimental research but future research should consider further evaluation of its utility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-498
Number of pages16
JournalPsychiatric Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Clark and Wells
  • Factor analysis
  • RNT
  • Self-imagery
  • Social anxiety questionnaire


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