The Brief Social Phobia Scale

J Clin Psychiatry. 1991 Nov;52 Suppl:48-51. doi: 10.1037/t07672-000.


An observer measure of social phobic symptoms, referred to as the Brief Social Phobia Scale, consists of 11 items, 7 evaluating commonly feared or avoided situations and 4 additional items measuring autonomic distress. Symptoms represented by the scale items are found frequently in social phobia, and the instrument demonstrates acceptable interrater and test-retest reliability, internal consistency, concurrent validity against other measures of social phobia, and the ability of patients to change as a result of treatment. It can also detect differences between active treatment and placebo treatment. A comparison of the sensitivity of this scale with other scales in detection of size of effect also is presented.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Personality Inventory* / standards
  • Personality Inventory* / statistics & numerical data
  • Phobic Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index