Created by Dan Coleman and Sharon Imber from the DSQ created by Andrews, et al (citation available on the next web page, click link at the bottom).
TIP: Use "Tab" to move from response to response.
Directions: Select the number which best reflects your agreement or disagreement with each item. Note that it is a 9 point rating scale (1-9). To save space, anchoring definitions are not provided for each number in the scale. When completed, you will have an opportunity to receive and interprete your score. Each item is numbered twice, its sequential number in this version, and its original DSQ item #.
1. 8. I'm able to laugh at myself pretty easily.
2. 12. People tend to mistreat me.
3. 40. I work more things out in my daydreams than in my real life.
4. 51. I always feel that someone I know is like a guardian angel.
5. 58. There is someone I know who can do anything and who is absolutely fair and just.
6. 59. I can keep the lid on my feelings if letting them out would interfere with what I'm doing.
7. 61. I'm usually able to see the funny side of an otherwise painful predicament.
8. 66. I am sure I get a raw deal from life.
9. 68. When I have to face a difficult situation I try to imagine what it will be like and plan ways to cope with it.
10. 69. Doctors never really understand what is wrong with me.
11. 71. After I fight for my rights, I tend to apologize for my assertiveness.
12. 82. No matter how much I complain, I never get a satisfactory response.
13. 84. Sticking to the task at hand keeps me from feeling depressed or anxious.
14. 88. If I have an aggressive thought, I feel the need to do something to compensate for it.
Click on "Compute" to calculate and display your scores in the table below. The columns at the right present the mean and standard deviation for a population sample of 388. Two-thirds of the subjects would score within the range including the mean +/- 1 SD. The mean is an exact value, the standard deviations are estimated based on the item SDs and the reliability of the original scales.
INTERPRETING YOUR RESULTS
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