A new measure of the maladaptive self-beliefs in social anxiety

psychometric properties in a non-clinical sample

Quincy J. J. Wong, Michelle L. Moulds

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Clark and Wells' (1995) model of social phobia proposes that there are three types of maladaptive self-beliefs responsible for persistent social anxiety (high standard, conditional, and unconditional beliefs). Although these beliefs are theoretically important, there currently is not a validated measure of these beliefs in the social anxiety literature. Hence, the Self-Beliefs Related to Social Anxiety (SBSA) Scale was developed (Wong & Moulds, 2010a) and its psychometric properties were examined in the current study using a non-clinical sample (N=600). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses ultimately indicated that a correlated three-factor solution optimally summarized the data with the three factors corresponding to the three belief types. The SBSA and its three subscales demonstrated good internal consistency and test-retest reliability, as well as convergent and divergent validity. The SBSA thus appears to have good psychometric properties and is appropriate for use in non-clinical samples. The potential applications of the SBSA and avenues for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-284
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Erratum can be found in Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Volume 33(2), 285-297, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10862-011-9232-y


  • maladaptive self-beliefs
  • social anxiety

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