The Brief Hypervigilance Scale

(Bernstein, Delker, Knight, & Freyd, 2015)



Bernstein, R. E., Delker, B. C., Knight, J. A., & Freyd, J. J. (2015) Hypervigilance in college students: Associations with betrayal and dissociation and psychometric properties in a Brief Hypervigilance Scale. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy, 7, 448-445.

Brief Hypervigilance Scale (Bernstein, Delker, Knight, & Freyd, 2015)

Instructions:  Please respond to each of the statements by placing an “X” in the answer column that best applies to you.  There is no right or wrong response for each statement.

To help you decide your answer for each item, think back over the past month and then mark a column with your answer based either on "About how much the statement is true as it relates to you," or on "About how often the statement is true as it relates to you." 



Not at All Like Me (Never True)

Somewhat Like Me (Sometimes True)

Much Like Me
(Often True)

Mostly Like Me
(Very Often True)

Very Much Like Me (Always True)

1. As soon as I wake up and for the rest of the day, I am watching for signs of trouble






2. When I am outside, I think ahead about what I would do (or where I would go) if someone would try to surprise or harm me






3. I notice that when I am in public or new places, I need to scan the crowd or surroundings






4. When I am in public, I feel overwhelmed because I cannot keep track of everything going on around me






5. I feel that if I don't stay alert and watchful, something bad will happen