The Social Reactions Questionnaire- Shortened (SRQ-S) is a 16-item questionnaire to measure social reactions to disclosures of sexual assault among women. The SRQ-S is a shortened version of the validated, 48-item Social Reactions Questionnaire (Ullman, 2000). The questionnaire is divided into three primary scales: Turning Against, Unsupportive Acknowledgment, and Positive Reactions and eight, two-item subscales: Blame, Stigmatize, Infantilize, Control, Distract, Egocentric, Emotional Support, and Tangible Aid.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
Instructions: The following is a list of reactions that other people sometimes have when responding to a person with this experience. Please indicate how often you experienced each of the listed responses from other people.
5-point scale with answers ranging from 1 (never) to 5 (very often)
Items pertaining to the Turning Against scale: 3 and 13 (stigmatize subscale), 14 and 16 (infantilize subscale), and 1 and 9 (blame subscale). Items pertaining to the Unsupportive Acknowledgement scale: 4 and 11 (distract subscale), 6 and 8 (control subscale), and 7 and 12 (egocentric subscale). Items pertaining to the Positive Support scale: 2 and 5 (emotional support subscale), and 10 and 15 (tangible aid subscale). Composite scales are calculated using the averaged items; higher scores indicate greater endorsement of each construct (e.g., higher scores on positive reactions indicate more positive reactions).
Ullman, S. E., Relyea, M., Sigurvinsdottir, R., & Bennett, S. (2017). A short measure of social reactions to sexual assault: The social reactions questionnaire-shortened. Violence and victims, 32(6), 1096-1115. DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00066
Ease of Use Score
Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework
Field Expert Input
Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing
to get the latest updates on new measures and guidance for survey researchers