Children’s Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire (CRSQ)


Author of Tool: 

Downey, G., Lebolt, A., Rincón, C., and Freitas, A. L.

Key references: 

Ayduk, O., Mendoza-Denton, R., Mischel, W., Downey, G., Peake, P. K., & Rodriguez, M. (2000). Regulating the interpersonal self: Strategic self-regulation for coping with rejection sensitivity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 776-792.Downey, G., Lebolt, A., Rincon, C, & Freitas, A. L. (1998). Rejection sensitivity and children’s interpersonal difficulties. Child Development, 69, 1072-1089.

Primary use / Purpose: 

This is a 12 (twelve) item questionnaire that works with 3rd to 8th graders. Included in this questionnaire are 6 (six) items that, when aggregated, predict teacher reports of interpersonal sensitivity and interpersonal difficulties.


Some children respond to social rejection in ways that undermine their relationships. Others respond with more equanimity. The Children’s Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire (CRSQ) assesses children’s disposition to defensively (anxiously or angrily) expect, readily perceive, and overreact to social rejection. 


For details on psychometrics of scale, see article: Downey, G., Lebolt, A., Rincón, C., and Freitas, A. L. (1998). Rejection sensitivity and children’s interpersonal difficulties. Child Development, 69 (4), 1074-1091.



PDF icon12-item scalePDF icon6-item scale

Other Information: 

How to score: Each item in the RSQ-Children’s includes two questions.To obtain a score for each item, multiply scores on each question. The score for each question is simply the chosen number.To obtain a total score, average the scores for all the items.

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