The Leibowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is a 24-item, self-rated scale used to assess how social anxiety plays a role in your life across a variety of situations. The LSAS assesses both social anxiety in situations as well as avoidance of those situations. Each item is rated from 0-3 (3 indicating severe) and the overall score is a sum of each of the item ratings, with higher scores indicating greater social anxiety.
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First used: 01 January 1970
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