Social Anxiety Disorder Tests

A List of Tests for Social Anxiety

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) tests help identify those who suffer with social anxiety. Each of these screening instruments is administered in a self-report format, meaning that it is taken as a paper-and-pencil quiz.

As with any self-report assessment, the results of these tests must be followed up with an in-person diagnostic assessment by a mental health professional. These tests form only one part of a full diagnostic assessment of social anxiety disorder.

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Mini-Social Phobia Inventory (Mini-SPIN)

Social anxiety tests can aid in diagnosis.
Social anxiety tests can aid in diagnosis. Getty / Ikon Imges / Gary Waters

The Mini-SPIN is a 3-item self-report inventory that measures generalized social anxiety disorder. Created by Dr. Jonathan Davidson of Duke University Medical Center, the Mini-SPIN has been shown to accurately identify 90% of those diagnosed with generalized SAD.

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Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS)

The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is a social anxiety disorder test used to measure how social anxiety plays a role in different life situations. Developed by Dr. Michael R. Liebowitz, studies have shown the LSAS to be a cost-effective and efficient way to identify those with social anxiety.

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Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale (FNE)

The Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale (FNE) is a 30-item self-report measure of social anxiety developed by David Watson and Ronald Friend. The FNE has been shown to correlate with measures of anxiety, depression and general distress.

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Social Avoidance and Distress Scale (SADS)

The Social Avoidance and Distress Scale (SADS) is a 28-item self-report scale that measures different aspects of social anxiety including fear, anxiety, discomfort, distress and avoidance. The SADS was developed by David Watson and Ronald Friend and is closely linked to the FNE by the same authors.

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