Emetophobia Questionnaire (EmetQ)

Emetophobia Questionnaire (EmetQ) is a 21-item scale developed by Mark Boschen which is answered on a Likert-scale from 1 (=‘strongly disagree’) to 5 (=‘strongly agree’). It can be used as an outcome measure. The EmetQ has 4 stable factors and shows good internal consistency and validity. The questionnaire contains items on various aspects of emetophobia‚ such as worrying about vomiting‚ bodily sensations‚ fear of vomiting (e.g.‚ ‘I am afraid of becoming nauseous.’)‚ the avoidance of vomit-related situations (e.g.‚ ‘I avoid being around people who look as if they may be sick.’)‚ and the consequences of emetophobia in daily life. The EmetQ is currently being validated but has been presented at conferences.
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Boschen‚ M. J. & Riddell‚ T. (2005) Emetophobia Questionnaire (EmetQ). (Unpublished)
The following questionnaire is about measuring the severity of fear of vomiting and vomit. Please read each question carefully and‚ on the 1-5 scale below indicate your response by circling the appropriate number next to each question. Please try to answer as many questions as you can without using the ‘unsure’ response.
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1.      I notice my stomach begins to turn when exposed to vomit.
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2.      I notice other physical anxiety symptoms (e.g. hearth palpitations‚ sweating‚ trembling or shaking) when exposed to vomit.
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3.      Exposure to vomit can cause sickness and/or illness.
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4.       If I see vomit‚ I may be sick myself.
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5.       If I smell vomit‚ I may be sick myself.
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6.       I avoid places where others may vomit.
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7.       I avoid adults who may be likely to vomit
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8.       I avoid children who may be likely to vomit
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9.       My concern about vomiting increases when I get anxious.
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10.   I notice when I am anxious‚ my stomach gets upset.
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11.   I become anxious when I feel nauseous.
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12.   It is dangerous to feel nauseous.
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13.   I worry when I feel nausea‚ I may vomit.
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14.   I avoid eating poultry food like chicken because
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15.   I avoid places like fish markets because I may vomit.
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16.   I avoid fast moving activities like rides at the theme park‚ because I may vomit.
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17.   I avoid sea travel (boats‚ etc.) because I may become nauseous/vomit.
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18.   I avoid air travel because I may become nauseous/vomit.
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19.   I avoid other forms of transport because I may become nauseous/vomit.
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20.   I avoid places where there is no medical attention‚ because I become nauseous/vomit.
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21.   I avoid places where there are no facilities to cater if I become nauseous/vomit.
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Boschen & Riddel (2005)