1. When unfamiliar visitors came to your home‚ would you hide or leave the room?
2. At school‚ did you tend to stand back and watch other children play?
3. Were you reluctant to go to school on your first day or the first day after holidays?
4. Did you prefer parties with crowds of children rather than small gatherings?
5. Were you always ‘on the go’?
6. When unfamiliar visitors came to your home‚ did you feel fearful or nervy?
7. When you went on outings with your family to new places‚ would you tend to wander off?
8. Were you fearful around other people’s pets?
9. At school‚ did you find it difficult to approach and play with new children?
10.When you went on outings with your family to new places‚ would you spend most of the time next to your mother or father (or caregiver)?
11.Did you want to be surrounded by people and activity?
12.Do you consider that you were a shy child?
13.Did you tend to take risks during play‚ sport or other physical activities?
14.Was it difficult for you to stand up in front of the class?
15.Were you outgoing and talkative with other children?
16.When you went on outings with your family to new places‚ would you become quiet or ‘freeze up’?
17.Did you cry during the school day?
18.When unfamiliar visitors came to your home‚ would you cling to your mother or father (or caregiver)?
Retrospective Measure of Behavioral Inhibition (RMBI (
“no/hardly ever”; “some of the time”‚ “yes/most of the time”‚ “Do not remember at all”
This instrument can be found at: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au & http://scholarship.shu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1239&context=theses
Gladstone G.L.‚ Parker‚ G.B.‚ & Nguyen‚ T-V (2006). Retrospective and Contemporary Behavioral Inhibition in Adult Twins: Genetic and Environmental Influences. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.