Visual Analog Scale Anxiety

The Visual Analog Scale Anxiety (VASA) is a line 10 centimetres in length with “not at all anxious” and “very anxious” at the left and right extremes respectively. Participants chose where they feel their anxiety symptoms fit on the scale.

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First used: 01 January 1970

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