Fear of Negative Evaluation (FNE)

The Fear of Negative Evaluation (FNE) instrument measures discomfort and distress in interpersonal interactions. Specifically, this instrument is used to measure apprehension in subjects when negatively evaluated.

The Fear of Negative Evaluation (FNE) test includes 30 items with a true-false response format. The test takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is mainly given to adults. There exists a brief version of the Fear of Negative Evaluation consisting of 12 items with a 5-point Likert response.


David Watson and Ronald Friend, 1969.

Validity and Reliability

The Cronbach alpha rating for the internal reliability is reported at .94 to .98. The test-retest reliability was .78 to .94 according to Watson & Friend. The FNE scale showed high validity to its strong correlation rating with several scales such as: Talyor’s Manifest Anxiety Scale, Jackson’s Personality Research Form, anxiety measures, and personality measures.

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Administration, Analysis and Reporting

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Watson, D., & Friend, R. (1969). Measurement of social-evaluative anxiety. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 33, 448–457.

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