Shyness Scale (SS)
McCroskey & Richmond‚ 1982
1. I am a shy person.
2. Other people think I talk a lot.
3. I am a very talkative person.
4. Other people think I am shy.
5. I talk a lot.
6. I tend to be very quiet in class.
7. I don't talk much.
8. I talk more than most people.
9. I am a quiet person.
10.I talk more in a small group (3-6) than others do.
11.Most people talk more than I do.
12.Other people think I am very quiet.
13.I talk more in class than most people do.
14.Most people are more shy than I am.
Strongly Disagree = 1; Disagree = 2; Neutral = 3; Agree = 4; Strongly Agree = 5
Please score your responses as follows:
Step 1. Add the scores for items 1‚ 4‚ 6‚ 7‚ 9‚ 11‚ and 12.
Step 2. Add the scores for items 2‚ 3‚ 5‚ 8‚ 10‚ 13‚ and 14.
Step 3. Complete the following formula: Shyness = 42 plus Total of Step 1 minus Total of Step 2.
Your score should be between 14 and 20. Scores above 52 indicate a high level of shyness. Scores below 32 indicate a low level of shyness. Scores between 32 and 52 indicate a moderate level of shyness.
This instrument can be found at: http://www.jamescmccroskey.com/measures/shyness.htm
McCroskey‚ J. C.‚ & Richmond‚ V. P. (1982). Communication apprehension and shyness: Conceptual and operational distinctions. Central States Speech Journal‚ 33‚ 458-468.