Journal article

Preliminary validation of an ultra-brief version of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire.

David Berle, Vladan Starcevic, Karen Moses, Anthony Hannan, Denise Milicevic, Peter Sammut

Clin Psychol Psychother | Published : 2011


The Penn State Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ) is widely regarded as the gold standard self-report questionnaire for pathological worry. However, the factorial structure of the scale remains contentious. We sought to determine whether a psychometrically sound brief version of the PSWQ, which avoids contentious items and yet incorporates the essential features of pathological worry, could be derived from the existing PSWQ item pool. After inspecting items of the PSWQ and the findings of previous factor analytic studies, three items were selected that capture the essence of pathological worry (i.e., high frequency, perceived uncontrollability and multiple domains of worry), according to the Diagnos..

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