Anxiety Experiences Questionnaire (AXEQ)

The Anxiety Experiences Questionnaire (AXEQ) is comprised of three measures: the Penn State Worry Questionnaire, the Phobia Questionnaire developed by Marks and Matthews, and the DSM-III R criteria for Panic Disorder. The Worry Questionnaire yields a Total Worry score. The Phobia Questionnaire yields a Total Phobia score, and 3 scale scores (Agoraphobia, Blood-Injury Phobia, and Social Phobia). The DSM-III R criteria yield 7 scores (presence of panic attacks, panic attack symptoms, unexpectedness of panic, incidence of panic in past month, incidence of panic in lifetime, panic disorder criteria, agoraphobia criteria).


The AXEQ consists of 54 items divided into 3 parts.

Part A items are rated on a 5-point Likert scale as follows:

Not at all
typical of me
Very typical
of me
1 2 3 4 5

Part B items are rated on a 9-point Likert scale as follows:

Would not avoid it Slightly avoid it Definitely avoid it Markedly avoid it Always avoid it
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


The AXEQ yields 10 primary scales and 2 total scores. Description of the scales and item loadings are listed below. Scale scores are calculated as the sum of respective items. Underlined/bold items are reverse scored.

AXEQ_PSWQ Total Score for Worry Questionnaire 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16
AXEQ_PHQ Total score for Phobia Questionnaire 17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31
AXEQ_AGO Agoraphobia score, Phobia Questionnaire 20,21,23,27,30
AXEQ_BLD Blood Phobia score, Phobia Questionnaire 17,19,25,28,31
AXEQ_SOC Social Phobia score, Phobia Questionnaire 18,22,24,26,29
AXEQ_PAT DSM-IIIR Presence of panic attack 32
AXEQ_PAS DSM-IIIR # of panic attack symptoms experienced 33-46
AXEQ_UNX DSM-IIIR Unexpected panic attack 47
AXEQ_MPA DSM-IIIR Most unexpected PA in any given month 48
AXEQ_LPA DSM-IIIR # of unexpected PA in lifetime 49
AXEQ_PDO DSM-IIIR Panic disorder criteria 50,51,52
AXEQ_AGD DSM-IIIR Agoraphobia criteria 53,54



R Scoring Syntax file


Meyer, T. J., Miller, M.L., Metzger, R.L., & Borkovec, Thomas D (1990). Development and validation of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 28(6),487-495.