The Coping Styles Questionnaire for Social Situations

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Author of Tool: 

Antony, M.M., McCabe,R.E., & Fournier, K.

Key references: 

Antony, M.M., McCabe, R.E.,& Fournier, K. (2001). The Coping Styles Questionnaire for Social Situations. Hamilton, ON: Anxiety Treatmetn and Research Centre.

Mezo, P.G., McCabe, R.E., Antony, M.M., & Burns, K. (2005). Psychometric validation of a monitoring-blunting measure for social anxiety disorder: The coping styles questionnaire for social situations (CSQSS). Depression and Anxiety, 22, 20-27.

Primary use / Purpose: 

To assess monitoring and blunting coping styles in social situations.


The Coping Styles Questionnaire for Social Situations (CSQSS) was developed based on Miller’s (1987) conceptualization of how individual’s cope with threat-related information by seeking out information (monitoring) or distracting (blunting) and focuses on situations that are relevant to individuals with social anxiety disorder. The CSQSS presents six stressful situations that are related to interacting with others, being the center of attention or being judged by others. Each situation has three monitoring and three blunting coping responses. Total score on the monitoring subscale ranges from 0 to 72. Total score on the blunting subscale ranges from 0 to 72. Research has shown that individuals high in social anxiety have elevated scores on both the monitoring and blunting subscales compared to individuals with low social anxiety (Mezo et al., 2005).


Research on the psychometric properties of the CSQSS indicate good content and face validity as well as satisfactory internal consistency, temporal stability and construct validity (Mezo et al., 2005).



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