Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN)
What it measures:
- Screening tool for social phobia (SP)
- Assesses a range of social fears, avoidance behaviors, and symptoms of physiological distress1
Validated for people 13 years old and up.2
This tool has been translated and culturally validated in the following populations: Spanish adolescents,3 Chinese (Taiwan) adolescents,4 Brazilian Portuguese students,5 and Italian adults.6
The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends that primary care clinicians screen patients aged 8-64 for anxiety. See APTA's practice advisory: Screening Patients for Anxiety for additional details.
SPIN is a quick and easy screening tool for adolescents and adults with strong psychometric properties. A physical therapist (PT) can utilize this screening tool to determine if a patient's social anxiety could impact their PT Plan of Care (POC). A cutoff score of ≥ 19 warrants referral to a qualified health care professional. This referral could be to a patient's established primary care physician (PCP) or other properly trained health care provider. If a patient does not have a PCP, the PT should assist the patient or caregiver in searching for an appropriate provider. This can be accomplished utilizing an online directory or a patient's insurance database for in-network providers.
Brief questionnaire (17 self-rated questions)
Free but permission to use SPIN must be obtained from the copyright holder.
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