Penn State Worry Questionnaire

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About Penn State Worry Questionnaire

The Penn State Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ) is a 16-item questionnaire that aims to measure the trait of worry, using a Likert rating from 1 (not at all typical of me) to 5 (very typical of me). Research suggests that the instrument has a strong ability to differentiate patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) from other anxiety disorders.

Penn State Worry Questionnaire
Penn State Worry Questionnaire

Worry is regarded as a dominant feature of GAD. Since its development in 1990, the Penn State Worry Questionnaire has become a widely used self-report tool for pathological worry and GAD. The PSWQ attempts to measure the excessiveness, generality, and uncontrollable dimensions of worry.

Author of Tool:

  • Meyer, T. J., Miller, M. L., Metzger, R. L., & Borkovec, T. D.

Original article:

Meyer, T. J., Miller, M. L., Metzger, R. L., & Borkovec, T. D. (1990). Development and validation of the penn state worry questionnaire. Behavior Research and Therapy, 28, 487-495.

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