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Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN)

The Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) is a test for measuring the presence and severity of fear, avoidance, and physiological symptoms of anxiety associated with social anxiety in the adult population. Responses are scored on a range from 1 to 5, with higher scores representing greater symptoms of social phobia. The test is composed of three subscales: a) Fear (e.g., fear of being embarrassed), b) Avoidance (e.g., avoidance of going to parties), and c) Physiological symptoms (e.g., blushing). A cutoff value of 19 is generally used to identify adults with social anxiety disorder. This assessment takes between 5-15 minutes to complete. Research has shown that the test has good reliability and internal consistency. Please select the statement (0, 1, 2, 3, or 4) that best applies to how you have felt during the past week. Choose the most instinctive response, and do not spend too long on each question.

Sources: KM Connor, et al. Psychometric Properties of the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN): New Self-Rating Scale. British Journ Psych. 2000.
Klaus Ranta, et al. Age and Gender Differences in Social Anxiety Symptoms During Adolescence: The Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) as a Measure. 153(3): Psych Research 261-270. December 2007.
Ranta, K., Kaltiala-Heino, R., Koivisto, A. M., Tuomisto, M. T., Pelkonen, M., & Marttunen, M. (2007). Age and gender differences in social anxiety symptoms during adolescence: The Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) as a measure. Psychiatry Research, 153(3), 261-270.

You are a:
Male | female

Not at all A little bit Somewhat Very much Extremely
1. I am afraid of people in authority.
2. I am bothered by blushing in front of people.
3. Parties and social events scare me.
4. I avoid talking to people I don’t know.
5. Being criticized scares me a lot.
6. I avoid doing things or speaking to people for fear of embarrassment.
7. Sweating in front of people causes me distress.
8. I avoid going to parties.
9. I avoid activities in which I am the center of attention.
10. Talking to strangers scares me.
11. I avoid having to give speeches.
12. I would do anything to avoid being criticized.
13. Heart palpitations bother me when I am around people.
14. I am afraid of doing things when people might be watching.
15. Being embarrassed or looking stupid are among my worst fears.
16. I avoid speaking to anyone in authority.
17. Trembling or shaking in front of others is distressing to me.


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