Spider Phobia Questionnaire for Children (SPQ-C)

1.    I avoid being in gardens or parks because spiders might be there.
2.    Even a toy spider in my hand scares me a bit.
3.    Whenever I see a spider on television I close my eyes.
4.    I dislike looking at pictures of spiders.
5.    When there is a spider above my bed‚ I’m only able to sleep if somebody takes the spider away.
6.    I enjoy looking at spiders weaving webs.
7.    Even the thought of touching a spider scares me.
8.    Whenever somebody tells me that there are spiders near me‚ I start looking around and get nervous.
9.    If I think there are spiders in the closet‚ I keep the door of the closet closed.
10.If I’m about to put my shoes on‚ I would feel very uneasy If a spider would creep out of one of them.
11.If I see a spider‚ I feel tense.
12.I enjoy reading a story about spiders.
13.It makes me feel sick when I see a spider.
14.Spiders can be useful because they eat flies.
15.Thinking of spiders makes me shiver.
16.Some spiders are quite funny to watch.
17.I think other children are always a bit scared of grabbing a spider
18.The way spiders walk is an ugly sight.
19.I dare to touch a spider with a long stick.
20.If I happened to find a spider while playing‚ I would probably run away.
21.Spiders scare me more than any other animal‚
22.I would rather stay away from counties where there are a lot of poisonous spiders.
23.I’m careful picking fruit because there might be spiders in between the fruit.
24.I stay calm if there are spiders around.
25.When the teacher speaks of spiders I would rather leave the classroom.
26.Spider webs are very beautiful.
27.I stop reading a story if it is about spiders.
28.If I think that I will run into a spider on my way to school‚ I’ll take another route‚ even if this makes me come too late to school.
29.I’m scared of spiders‚ and of centipedes and of caterpillars.
 
 
 
Internal consistency as well as test–retest reliability were satisfactory (a = .89‚ r = .61;
 
True‚ Not true
 
This instrument can be found in: Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 609-610.
 

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Kindt‚Merel.‚ Brosschot‚ Jos F. (1999). Cognitive Bias in Spider-Phobic Children: Comparison of a Pictorial and a Linguistic Spider Stroop. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment‚ 21(3)‚ 207-220.

Klein‚ A. M.‚ Becker‚ E. S.‚ & Rinck‚ M. (2009). Direct and indirect measures of spider fear predict unique variance in children’s fear-related behavior. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Klein‚ A. M.‚ Rinck‚ M.‚ and Becker‚ E. S. (2009). The Spider Anxiety and Disgust Screening for Children (SADS-C): Reliability and validity of a short measure of spider anxiety in children. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Kindt‚Merel.‚ Brosschot‚ Jos F.‚ Muris‚ Peter. (1996). Spider Phobia Questionnaire for children (SPQ-C). In Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 609-610.