Social Anxiety Self-Rating Scale

Liebowitz MR. Social Phobia. Mod Probl Pharmacopsychiatry 1987;22:141-173
The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale is a 24-item self-rating scale for measuring social anxiety (social phobia). The patient should fill out the
following questionaire with the score of most suitable answer listed below. Answers should be based on experience in the past week. All
questions should be answered.

                                            FEAR  0 = Not at all; 1 = Mild; 2 = Moderate; 3=Severe
                                 AVOIDANCE  0 = Not at all; 1 = Mild; 2 = Moderate; 3=Severe

                                                                                                                                                                        FEAR        AVOIDANCE

1. Telephoning in public - speaking on the telephone in a public place     
2. Participating in small groups - having a discussion with a few others  
3. Eating in public places - do you tremble or feel awkward handling food
4. Drinking with others in public places - refers to any beverage including alcohol      
5. Talking to people in authority - for example, a boss or teacher         
6. Acting, performing, or giving a talk in front of an audience - refers to a large audience      
7. Going to a party - an average party to which you may be invited: assume you know some but not all of the people at the party  

8. Working while being observed - any type of work you might do, including school work or housework   
9. Writing while being observed - for example, signing a check in a bank                

10. Telephoning someone you don't know very well                

11. Talking with people you don't know very well             

12. Meeting strangers - assume others are of average importance to you      
13. Urinating in a public bathroom - assume that others are sometimes present, as might normally be expected      
14. Entering a room when others are already seated - refers to a small group, and nobody has to move seats for you                

15. Being the center of attention - telling a story to a group of people       
16. Speaking up at a meeting - speaking from your seat in a small meeting, or standing up in place in a large meeting                

17. Taking a written test                

18. Expressing appropriate disagreement or disapproval to people you don't know very well         
19. Looking at people you don't know very well in the eyes - refers to appropriate eye contact         
20. Giving a report to a group - refers to an oral report to a small group                

21. Trying to pick up someone - refers to a single person attempting to initiate a relationship with a stranger     
22. Returning goods to a store where returns are normally accepted  
22. Giving a party - an average party to which you invite people you know    
24. Resisting a high pressure sales person - avoidance refers to listening to the salesperson for too long    

55-65 - Moderate social phobia
65-80 - Marked social phobia
80-95 - Severe social phobia
> 95 - Very severe social phobia

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