Social Interaction Self-Statement Test (SISST)

The Social Interaction Self-Statement Test is a commonly used self-report test for social anxiety.

A 30-item test is part of the SISST, including 15 negative and 15 positive statements in which the participants respond; furthermore, the answering scale ranges from 1, “hardly ever had the thought,” 5, “very often had the thought.”. The original version of SISST has been revised to work without the need of a pre-social challenge test.

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Carol R. Glass, Thomas Merluzzi, J. L. Biever, K. H. Larsen 1982.

Validity and Reliability

The instrument was tested on its two separate sections – positive and negative. The split half reliability for the positive was .73 and .86 for the negative scale. The correlation rating for the other social anxiety instrument were calculated as follows: .74 for SAD (negative scale), .58 for FNE, .57 for SAD (positive scale), .32 for FNE.

Obtaining the SISST

Practitioner’s Guide to Empirically Based Measures of Anxiety (AABT Clinical Assessment) (ABCT Clinical Assessment Series)

You may also contact the authors directly: Carol R. Glass or Thomas Merluzzi.

Administration, Analysis and Reporting

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