Questionnaires

The following questionnaires are available for research use. Feel free to download and use them as needed. (*indicates an adobe acrobat pdf file).

*The Pennebaker Inventory of Limbic Languidness (the PILL). From Pennebaker, J.W. (1982). The psychology of physical symptoms. New York: Springer-Verlag. This is a 54-item scale taps the frequency of occurrence of a group of common physical symptoms and sensations. Cronbach alphas range from .88 to .91; 2-month test-retest reliability range from .79 to .83. The PILL can be scored by summing up the total number of items on which individuals score C, D, or E (every month or so or higher). With this strategy, the mean score is 17.9 (SD=4.5) based on a sample of 939 college students. You can also simply sum up the 54 items resulting in a mean score of 112.7 (SD=24.7).

*************Take the PILL online. Once you complete the questionnaire, you will get feedback about your score relative to others.***************

*The College Adjustment Test (CAT). From Pennebaker, J.W., Colder, M., & Sharp, L.K. (1990). Accelerating the coping process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 528-537. This 19-item survey taps the degree to which students have experienced a variety of thoughts and feelings about being in college. Cronbach alpha = .79; 2-mo test-retest = .65. Three stable factors have emerged that tap general negative affect, positive affect or optimism, and home sickness.

*The SMU Health Questionnaire (SMUHQ). From Watson, D., & Pennebaker, J.W. (1989). Health complaints, stress, and distress: Exploring the central role of Negative Affectivity. Psychological Review, 96, 234-254. This 63-item symptom and illness questionnaire measures whether individuals have either been diagnosed or treated for a variety of health problems. The health items can be viewed separately or as a composite index. On a sample of 437 SMU undergraduates (see Watson & Pennebaker, 1989), the coefficient alpha for the full 63-item version of the SMU-HQ was .75.  The coefficient alpha for the factor-analytically derived 13 item SMU-HQ Symptom scale (described in Watson & Pennebaker, 1989) was .72.

*College Activities and Behavior Questionnaire (CABQ). From Pennebaker, J.W., Colder, M., & Sharp, L.K. (1990). Accelerating the coping process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 528-537. This questionnaire is a general inventory of objective behaviors and activities commonly performed by students. Most behaviors reflect social activity and health-related behaviors.

*The Childhood Trauma Questionnaire. From Pennebaker, J.W. & Susman, J.R. (1988). Disclosure of traumas and psychosomatic processes. Social Science and Medicine, 26, 327-332. A brief survey of 6 early traumatic experiences (death, divorce, violence, sexual abuse, illness, or other) and ratings of the degree to which individuals confided the traumas.  There is no psychometric information available for this questionnaire.  The items are face valid.  There is no scoring key for this questionnaire.  You can score it any way that you like.  Feel free to change the items in any way you prefer.  Go ahead and translate it into any language.  You do not need my permission to use this. 

*Questionnaires from a typical writing study. From Pennebaker, J.W., Colder, M., & Sharp, L.K. (1990). Accelerating the coping process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 528-537. This file includes a group of questionnaires and other materials used in the Pennebaker et al (1990) experiment. Many of these items have been used in a variety of writing studies by our lab and the labs of others.