Phobia Questionnaire (PHQ)

The Phobia Questionnaire is a 15-item questionnaire used to measure a person’s avoidance to a particular object or situation as a factor of fear. The PHQ yields one Total Phobia Score and three scale scores, the Agoraphobia score, the Blood-Injury Phobia score, and the Social Phobia score.

ITEM CODING

The PHQ consists of 15 items that are rated on an 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

SCALES

The PHQ yields one total score and three scale scores. Description of the scales and item loadings are listed below. Scale scores are calculated as the sum of respective items. No items are reverse scored.

SCALE NAME (ABBR.) ITEM LOADINGS
Total Phobia Score (PHQ_TOT) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15
Agoraphobia Score (PHQ_AGO) 4,5,7,11,14
Blood-Injury Phobia Score (PHQ_BLD) 1,3,9,12,15
Social Phobia Score (PHQ_SOC) 2,6,8,10,13

RESOURCE FILES

Questionnaire

R Scoring Syntax file

SPSS Scoring Syntax file

REFERENCES

Marks, I. M., & Matthews, A. M. (1979). Brief standard self-rating for phobic patients. Behavior Research & Therapy, 17, 263-267.