Penn State Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ)

Please read each statement and rate each of the following statements on a scale of 1 (‘not at all typical of me’) to 5 (‘very typical of me’). There are no rights or wrong answers. Do not spend too much time on anyone statement. This assessment is not intended to be a diagnosis. If you are concerned about your results in any way‚ please speak with a qualified health professional.
1= Not at all typical of me
2= Rarely typical of me
3= Somewhat typical of me
4= Often typical of me
5= Very typical of me
If I don’t have enough time to do everything I do not worry about it‚
1
2
3
4
5
My worries overwhelm me
I do not tend to worry about things
Many situations make me worry
I know I should not worry about things‚ but I just can’t help it
When I am under pressure I worry a lot
I am always worrying about something
I find it easy to dismiss worrisome thoughts
As soon as I finish one task‚ I start to worry about everything else I have to do
I never worry about anything
When there is nothing more I can do about a concern‚ I don’t worry about it any more
I have been a worrier all my life
I notice that I have been worrying about things
Once I start worrying‚ I can’t stop
I worry all the time
I worry about projects until they are done
Possible scores range from 16 to 80. Mean scores for groups with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) range from 60 to 68. Lower scores are better. These results are intended as a guide to your health and are presented for educational purposes only. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis. If you are concerned in any way about your health‚ please consult with a qualified health professional.
Meyer. T. J .. Miller. M.L.‚ Metzger‚ R.L.‚ & Borkovec‚ Thomas D (1990). Development and validation of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire. Behaviour Research & Therapy. 28(6)‚ 487-495.
Each item is scored 1-5‚ as indicated below. Items 1‚ 3‚ 8‚ 10‚ and 11 are reversed scored. Total is sum of all 16 items.
Possible range of scores is 16-80.
Algorithm
 Total = 16-39 Low Worry
Total = 40-59 Moderate Worry
Total = 60-80 High Worry