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Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale Test

The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is a questionnaire developed by Dr. Michael R. Liebowitz, a psychiatrist and researcher.
  1. This measure assesses the way that social phobia plays a role in your life across a variety of situations.
  2. Read each situation carefully and answer two questions about that situation.
  3. The first question asks how anxious or fearful you feel in the situation.
  4. The second question asks how often you avoid the situation.
  5. If you come across a situation that you ordinarily do not experience, we ask that you imagine "what if you were faced with that situation," and then rate the degree to which you would fear this hypothetical situation and how often you would tend to avoid it. Please base your ratings on the way that the situations have affected you in the last week.
  6. Heimburg, R. G. & Becker, R. E. (2002). Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Phobia. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

  Situation   Fear   Avoidance
  1. Using a telephone in public
  2. Participating in a small group activity
  3. Eating in public
  4. Drinking with others
  5. Talking to someone in authority
  6. Acting, performing, or speaking in front of an audience
  7. Going to a party
  8. Working while being observed
  9. Writing while being observed
  10. Calling someone you don't know very well
  11. Talking face to face with someone you don't know very well
  12. Meeting strangers
  Situation   Fear   Avoidance
  13. Urinating in a public bathroom
  14. Entering a room when others are already seated
  15. Being the center of attention
  16. Speaking up at a meeting
  17. Taking a test of your ability, skill, or knowledge
  18. Expressing disagreement or disapproval to someone you don't know very well
  19. Looking someone who you don't know very well straight in the eyes
  20. Giving a prepared oral talk to a group
  21. Trying to make someone's acquaintance for the purpose of a romantic/sexual relationship
  22. Returning goods to a store for a refund
  23. Giving a party
  24. Resisting a high pressure sales person
Your score:
The scoring scale:
    55-65 Moderate social phobia
    65-80 Marked social phobia
    80-95 Severe social phobia
    Greater than 95 - Very severe social phobia