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Multidimensional Anxiety Questionnaire

William M. Reynolds, PhD

Quickly screens for symptoms of anxiety
Paper and pencil, E-Manual
Age range:
18 years to 89 years
10 minutes; 5 minutes to score
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

The MAQ is a multidimensional self-report measure that provides a global assessment of anxiety symptomatology. Four subscales measure specific anxiety domains: Physiologic-Panic, Social Phobia, Worry-Fears, and Negative Affectivity.

Features and benefits

  • The MAQ Booklet is an easy-to-score, carbonless form with 40 items that query the severity of anxiety-related symptoms.
  • Studies have found high reliability and validity coefficients for the MAQ. For the total development sample, there were high alpha coefficients of .96 for the MAQ Total scale and coefficients ranging from .88 to .91 for the MAQ subscales. Test-retest reliability also is very high (.95 for the MAQ Total scale, .90 to .93 for the subscales). Clinical validity is demonstrated by the strong diagnostic efficacy of the MAQ cutoff score.
  • The MAQ was developed with 600 community adults, 407 psychiatric outpatients diagnosed with anxiety-related or other disorders, and more than 1,800 college students. Separate norms for community adults and college students are provided.