Gender- Based Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire (Gender RSQ)

1. Imagine that you are in your science class‚ and the professor asks a particularly difficult question. A few people‚ including your‚ raise their hands to answer the question.
How concerned/anxious would you be that the professor might not choose you because of your gender?Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
would expect the professor to choose me. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
2. Imagine that you have to give an oral presentation in a very important course. After everyone gives their presentations‚ the professor announces that he will post the grades outside of theclassroom.
How concerned/anxious would you be that you might receive a lower grade than others because of your gender?Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6very concerned
I would expect to receive a high grade on the presentation. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
3. Imagine that it’s the first day of your science class and all the students must cr‎eate teams to work on projects throughout the semester. Most of the groups are already full except for a fewgroups of all males.
How concerned/anxious would you be that you might not be welcome to join one of the remaining groups because of your gender?Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
I would expect to be welcome to join one of the remaining groups. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
4. Imagine that you have just completed the first round of interviews for a high paying corporate job. Your interviewer informs you that they will let you know about their decision after theyhave interviewed a few more applicants.
How concerned/anxious would you be that you might not be hired because of your gender?Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6very concerned
I would expect to be hired. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6very likely
5. Imagine that you were just accepted into a graduate program. Your advisor/mentor for the program is a senior‚ male professor. You meet your advisor for the first time on the first day ofclasses.
How concerned/anxious would you be that the professor might treat you differently than other students because of your gender? Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
I would not expect to be treated differently. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
6. Imagine that you are starting a new job in a corporate office. On the first day‚ the manager arranges an office meeting to introduce you as a new employee.
How concerned/anxious would you be that others might expect less of you because of your gender? Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
I would not expect others to have lower expectations me. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
7. Imagine that you received a low grade on your math test and then you realize that there may be an error in the grading of one problem. You approach your professor to ask him to review the question.
How concerned/anxious would you be that the professor might not listen to your inquiry because of your gender? Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
I would expect the professor to listen to my inquiry. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
8. Imagine that you have worked at your job for nearly a year. A position is open for manager and you approach your boss to ask for the promotion.
How concerned/anxious would you be that you might not get the promotion because of your gender? Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
I would expect to get the promotion. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
9. Imagine you are at an important business meeting at work and your boss asks for comments or suggestions to improve the productivity of your department.
How concerned/anxious would you be that your suggestions might not be taken seriously because of your gender? Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
I would expect my suggestions to be taken seriously. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
10. Imagine you are working in a brokerage firm and your boss and a few of the other men in the firm are going out for drinks to a local bar after work.
How concerned/anxious would you be that your boss and your colleagues might not invite you to go to the bar for drinks because of your gender? Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
I would expect my colleagues to invite me to the bar after work. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
11. Imagine that your science professor assigns you and your classmates to work on a group project. A team leader is chosen and he begins to assign tasks to each member.
How concerned/anxious would you be that the team leader might assign you a less complicated/more menial task because of your gender? Very unconcerned 1 2 3 4 5 6 very concerned
I would expect the team leader to not assign me a less complicated/more menial task. Very unlikely 1 2 3 4 5 6 very likely
 
 

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Neff. Kayleigh.‚ (2012). The Impact of Ostracism on Stigma Consciousness and Rejection Sensitivity. The College at Brockport. Senior Honors Thesis.