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THE COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL AVOIDANCE SCALE


CBAS

 

Instructions: Different people use different strategies to deal with situations and problems in their lives.  Below

are a number of strategies that people may use to deal with situations and problems.  A number of the items below refer to dealing with situations at work or school.  If you are not currently working or attending school, answer these items instead using your daily duties and activities.   Please read each statement carefully and indicate how true, in general, each statement is for you using the following key:

 

                         1= Not at all true for me

                         2= Somewhat true for me

                         3= Moderately true for me

                         4= Very much true for me

                         5= Extremely true for me   

                                (Scoring only)

      
1.  I avoid attending social activities.  
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2.  When uncertain about my future, I fail to sit down and think

     about what I really want.                   

 
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3.  I would like to achieve things at work/school, but I have to

     accept my limits.       

 
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4.  I fail to do what is needed to follow through with

     achievement goals I have set for myself.

 
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5.  In order to avoid feelings of disappointment, I just try not to

     get too serious about work/school.     

 
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6.  Rather than try new activities, I tend to stick with the things

     I know.

 
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7.  I choose to turn down opportunities to further my

     education/career.

 
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8.  I do not answer the phone in case people are calling with

     social invitations.

 
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9.  I quit activities that challenge me too much.  
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10. I try not to think about problems in my personal

      relationships.

 
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11. I think to myself that I will not be able to complete really  

      challenging tasks.

 
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12. While I know I should make decisions about my personal

      relationships, I just let things go on as they are.

 
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13. I avoid trying new activities that hold the potential for   

      failure.

 
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14. I do not go out to events when I know there will be a lot of         

      people I do not know.

 
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15. Instead of thinking about problems in my social life, I tell  

      myself that I prefer to be alone.   

 
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16. I fail to discuss/address tension that builds in a friendship.  
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17. I find that I often want to leave social gatherings.  
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18. I do not try to think about ways to improve my work/school

      performance.

 
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CBAS

                                                                   1= Not at all true for me

                         2= Somewhat true for me

                         3= Moderately true for me

                         4= Very much true for me

                     5= Extremely true for me  

                                 (Scoring only)

19. I try not to think about my future and what I will do with

      my life.

 
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20. I just wait out tension in my relationships hoping that it will

      go away.

 
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21. I tend to make up excuses to get out of social activities.  
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22. There is nothing I can do to improve problems in my

      relationships.

 
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23. I turn down opportunities to socialize with the opposite sex.  
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24. I tend to remain to myself during social gatherings or 

      activities.

 
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25. I avoid making decisions about my future.  
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26. When I experience confusion in my relationships, I do not

      try to figure things out.

 
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27. While I know that I have to make some important decisions

      about school/work, I just do not get down to it.

 
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28. Rather than getting out and doing things, I just sit at home

      and watch TV.

 
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29. I distract myself when I start to think about my work/school

      performance.

 
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30. I do not bother thinking about how to solve problems in my

      family – it is useless.

 
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31. I find myself avoiding tasks and assignments that are really

      important.

 
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                                        � 2002 by Nicole D. Ottenbreit and Keith S. Dobson. 

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