Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale (BFNE)

The Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale (BFNE) is an abbreviated version of the 30-item Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale put forth by Watson & Friend in 1969.

ITEM CODING

The BFNE consists of 12 items that are rated on a five-point likert scale as follows:

Not at all characteristic of me Slightly characteristic of me Moderately characteristivc of me Very characteristic of me Extremely characteristic of me
1 2 3 4 5

SCALES

The BFNE yields 1 total score, description of the item loadings are listed below. Items listed in bold are reverse scored.

SCALE NAME (ABBR.) SCALE DESCRIPTION ITEM LOADINGS
BFNE_TOT Total Score 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

RESOURCE FILES

Questionnaire

R Scoring Syntax file

SPSS Scoring Syntax file

REFERENCES

Leary, M. R. (1983). A brief version of the Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 9, 371-375.

Weeks, J. W., Heimberg, R. G., Fresco, D. M., Hart, T. A., Turk, C. L., Schneider, F. R., Liebowitz, M. R. (2005). Empirical Validation and Psychometric Evaluation of the Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale in Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder. Psychological Assessment, 17, 179-190.