Social Reactions Questionnaire - Shortened (SRQ-S)

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.

  1. Told you that you were irresponsible or not cautious enough
  2. Reassured you that you are a good person
  3. Treated you differently in some way than before you told them that made you uncomfortable
  4. Told you to on with your life
  5. Comforted you by telling you it would be all right or by holding you
  6. Tried to take control of what you diddecisions you made
  7. Has been so upset that they needed reassurance from you
  8. Made decisions or did things for you
  9. Told you that you could have done more to prevent this experience from occurring
  10. Provided information and discussed options
  11. Told you to stop thinking about it
  12. Expressed so much anger at the perpetrator that you had to calm them down
  13. Avoided talking to you or spending time with you
  14. Treated you as if you were a child or somehow incompetent
  15. Helped you get information of any kind about coping with the experience
  16. Made you feel like you didn’t know how to take care of yourself

Response Options
5-point scale with answers ranging from 1 (never) to 5 (very often)

Scoring Procedures

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).

Original Citation

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

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