Negative Self-Portrayal Scale (NSPS)


Author of Tool: 

Moscovitch, D.A., & Huyder, V.

Key references: 

Moscovitch, D.A., & Huyder, V. (2011). The negative self-portrayal scale: Development, validation, and application to social anxiety. Behavior Therapy, 42, 183-196, doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2010.04.007.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Negative Self-Portrayal Scale (NSPS) is an inventory designed to examine the degree to which individuals are concerned that specific self-attributes they view as being inferior will be scrutinized and negatively evaluated by critical others in social situations. More precisely, it assesses individuals for their concerns with social competency, physical appearance, and signs of anxiety.


Individual differences in social anxiety and avoidance behaviors have been posited to underlie differences in the extent to which individuals worry about their perceived deficient self-attributes. The NSPS was created to tap the factors underpinning social interaction and performance anxiety and related constructs. The NSPS has utility for both clinical research and practice.


The NSPS has been shown to have good internal consistency and test-retest reliability, strong convergent validity, and adequate discriminant validity (Moscovitch & Huyder, 2011).




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