Translation and Initial Validation of the Japanese Version of the Self-Beliefs Related to Social Anxiety Scale

Shunta Maeda, Hironori Shimada, Tomoya Sato, Kyoko Tashiro, Yuki Tanaka

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    3 Citations (Scopus)


    Cognitive models of social anxiety posit that there are several types of maladaptive beliefs responsible for persistent social anxiety. Although these beliefs are theoretically important, currently there is no validated measure of these beliefs in Japan. In the present study, we translated into Japanese a well-validated measure of these beliefs, the Self-Beliefs Related to Social Anxiety (SBSA) Scale. The psychometric properties of the scale were also examined in two nonclinical samples (ns = 401 and 30). Using confirmatory factor analysis, the Japanese version of the SBSA was found to have a correlated three-factor structure that consisted of “conditional beliefs,” “unconditional beliefs,” and “high standard beliefs.” In addition, the Japanese version of the SBSA and its subscales demonstrated good internal consistency reliability and test–retest reliability. The Japanese version of the SBSA also demonstrated good convergent and divergent validity. Future applications of the Japanese version of the SBSA are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)305-318
    Number of pages14
    JournalPsychological Reports
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1



    • assessment
    • beliefs
    • cognition
    • scale
    • Social anxiety

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)
    • Psychology(all)

    Cite this