The RSQ is intended to measure an individual's levels of RS-personal. It is not designed for a specific population. There are two versions. One includes 8 (eight) items and the other includes 18 (eighteen) items. If you intend to use this measure, we suggest that you read the following paper: Downey, G., & Feldman, S. I. (1996). Implications of Rejection Sensitivity for Intimate Relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 1327-1343.
Characteristics of the Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire (RSQ)
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|Number of items in scale
|Mean (standard deviation)
|Internal consistency (alpha)
|Correlation with Interpersonal Sensitivity Scale of the SCL-90 (n=310)
|Correlation with socre on the Social Avoidance and Distress Scale (n=295)
|Correlation with score on the Beck Depression Inventory (n=303)
|Test-retest reliability (n=104)
Scoring the RSQ 8 item & 18 item questionnaire:
- Calculate a score of rejection sensitivity for each situation by multiplying the level of rejection concern (the response to question a.) by the reverse of the level of acceptance expectancy (the response to question b.). The formula is:
rejection sensitivity = (rejection concern) * (7-acceptance expectancy)
- Take the mean of the resulting 8 scores to obtain the overall rejection sensitivity score for the 8 item questionnaire; or take the mean of the resulting 18 scores to obtain the overall rejection sensitivity score for the 8 item questionnaire.
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