Stigma Consciousness Questionnaire for Women (SCQ-W)

The Stigma Consciousness Questionnaire for Women(SCQ-W)is a 10-item scale that can be modified for use with any stereotyped group simply by inserting the names of the ingroup and outgroup of interest to individual differences among women in stigma consciousness.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adults


1. Stereotypes about women have not affected me personally.*
2. I never worry that my behaviors will be viewed as stereotypically female.*
3. When interacting with men, I feel like they interpret all of my behaviors in terms of the fact that I'm a woman.
4. Most men do not judge women on the basis of their gender.*
5. My being female does not influence how men act with me.*
6. I almost never think about the fact that I am female when I interact with men.*
7. My being female does not influence how people act with me.*
8. Most men have a lot more sexist thoughts than they actually express.
9. I often think that men are unfairly accused of being sexist.*
10. Most men have a problem viewing women as equals.

*Items are reverse scored

Response Options:
7-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 7

Scoring Procedures

The mean score among participants is calculated.

Original Citation

Brown, R. P., & Pinel, E. C. (2003). Stigma on my mind: Individual differences in the experience of stereotype threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39(6), 626-633.

Psychometric Score

Ease of Use Score

Scoring breakdown

Formative Research

Qualitative Research

Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

Field Expert Input

Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing








Criterion (gold-standard)



Ease of Use


Scoring Clarity


Join the EMERGE Community

to get the latest updates on new measures and guidance for survey researchers