Unconditional Self-Acceptance Questionnaire (USAQ)

1.    When someone compliments me for something‚ I care more about how it makes me feel about myself than about what it tells me about my strengths or abilities.
2.    I feel worthwhile even if I am not successful in meeting certain goals that are important to me.
3.    When I receive negative feedback‚ I take it as an opportunity to improve my behaviour or performance.
4.    I feel that some people have more value than others.
5.    Making a big mistake may be disappointing‚ but it doesn’t change how I feel about myself overall.
6.    Sometimes I find myself thinking about whether I am a good or bad person.
7.    To feel like a worthwhile person‚ I must be loved by the people who are important to me.
8.    When I am deciding on goals for myself‚ trying to gain happiness is more important than trying to prove myself.
9.    I think that being good at many things makes someone a good person overall.
10.My sense of self-worth depends a lot on how I compare with other people.
11.I believe that I am worthwhile simply because I am a human being.
12.When I receive negative feedback‚ I often find it hard to be open to what the person is saying about me.
13.I set goals for myself that I hope will prove my worth.
14.Being bad at certain things makes me value myself less.
15.I think that people who are successful in what they do are especially worthwhile people.
16.To me‚ praise is more important for pointing out to me what I’m good at than for making me feel valuable as a person.
17.I feel I am a valuable person even when other people disapprove of me.
18.I avoid comparing myself to others to decide if I am a worthwhile person.
19.When I am criticized or when I fail at something‚ I feel worse about myself as a person.
20.I don’t think it’s a good idea to judge my worth as a person.
1 (almost always untrue) to 7 (almost always true). The scale has 11 reverse-scored items

Chamberlain‚ J.M. & Haaga‚ D.A.F. (2001). Unconditional self-acceptance and psychological health. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy‚ 19 (3)‚ 163-176.

Chamberlain‚ J.M. & Haaga‚ D.A.F. (2001). Unconditional Self-Acceptance and Responses to Negative Feedback. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy‚ 19 (3)‚ 177-189.