Validity of self-reported fear

Richard I. Lanyon, Martin Manosevitz

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This study investigated the relationship between a self-report fear measure and several measures of fear made in the fear-arousing situation. Subjects at three levels of self-reported fear of spiders (mild, moderate and intense) were found to differ on most of the situational measures from subjects who had professed no spider fear. Subjects who initially reported different levels of spider fear did not differ among themselves on the situational measures. It was concluded that self-report paper and pencil measures of fear can be valid, though gross, indicators of fear behavior in an actual situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1966

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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