Judgmental Self-Doubt Scale (JSDS)

The Judgmental Self-Doubt Scale (JSDS) is a 19-item self-report measure of the extent to which a person believes that he or she is deficient in the ability to make accurate judgments or correct decisions.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults


  1. I have difficulty making decisions.
  2. I have a tendency to change my mind according to the last opinion I hear.
  3. After deciding something, I tend to worry about whether my decision was wrong.
  4. I frequently find myself afraid of not doing the right thing.
  5. I often have the sense that others know better than I do.
  6. Often I put off making difficult decisions.
  7. I often don’t trust myself to make the right decision.
  8. I often trust the judgment of others more than my own.
  9. My judgments about situations often turn out to be mistaken.
  10. I often worry about whether a decision I made will have bad consequences.
  11. In making a decision, I often tire myself out by switching back and forth from one conclusion to another.
  12. I am inclined to have trouble knowing where to stand on an issue.
  13. When making a decision, I often feel confused because I have trouble keeping all relevant factors in mind.
  14. In almost all situations I am confident of my ability to make the right choices. [reverse scored]
  15. I often don’t know what to feel or believe.
  16. I wish I were more confident in my opinions.
  17. Many times I don’t know what to do next.
  18. I have a great deal of confidence in my opinions. [reverse scored]
  19. Frequently, I doubt my ability to make sound judgments.

Response Options:
A six-point Likert scale, ranging from -3 (strongly disagree) to +3 (strongly agree).

Scoring Procedures

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Original Citation

Mirels, H. L., Greblo, P., & Dean, J. B. (2002). Judgmental self-doubt: Beliefs about one’s judgmental prowess. Personality and individual differences, 33(5), 741-758.

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