Development and Validation of the Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire

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Research by Brynjar Halldorsson, University of Bath

Development and Validation of The Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire

Seeking reassurance is something we all do; and for a good reason - when someone we trust tells us not to worry we tend to feel better. However, very little is known about the function of reassurance seeking in the context of emotional problems.

For this reason we have developed a new questionnaire – The Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire – that we hope will help us to understand better what reassurance seeking does to feelings of anxiety, how people seek reassurance and what motivates them to seek it and its perceived impact on people’s relationships.

We aim to compare reassurance seeking across people experiencing various emotional problems with the aim to explore and compare similarities and differences of the function of reassurance across different groups. It is our hope that increased understanding of reassurance will directly impact on treatment development for emotional problems.

What would your participation involve?

  1. You will be asked to complete The Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire
  2. You will also be asked to fill in few other questionnaires about symptoms of anxiety

Who can take part in this study?
We are seeking people with no history of emotional problems and also people who are currently experiencing any of the following emotional problems:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder;
  • Health Anxiety;
  • Panic Disorder;
  • Social Anxiety;
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

How long will it take?
In total it is expected that you will be giving up 30 minutes of your time to fill in the questionnaires and read and sign other relevant information (consent form, information sheet).

How will I get a copy of the questionnaire pack?
We will post you the questionnaire pack and ask you to post them back to us using a ‘freepost envelope’

Is it confidential?
Yes! Strict NHS ethical practice will be followed. All the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and securely stored.

How can I offer to help and get more information about the study?
If you think you might be interested in taking part, or for an informal and confidential discussion about any aspect of the study, you can always contact Brynjar.

How do I take part in this research?
For a confidential and informal discussion or for more details, please review the information sheet attached or get in touch with Brynjar Halldorsson using the contact details below:

  • For more information about the study please see further the INFORMATION SHEET
  • Brynjar Halldorsson, PhD researcher/Registered Clinical Psychologist/Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
    • Email:
    • Post: Professor Paul Salkovskis and Brynjar Halldorsson, Department of Psychology, 2 South, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY.
    • Telephone: 01225 384280.
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Ethical Approval Reference: This study has been approved by a group of independent people (Ethics Committee) to protect your rights, dignity, well-being and safety. This study has been approved by the: REC for Wales (REC reference: 14/WA/0057 - Date: 20.01.2014) and has been given a favourable ethical opinion for conduct. Your participation is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason for doing so.

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