Young Schema Questionnaire: Long & Short Forms
We have now completed a revised version of the YSQ, with both long and short forms (YSQ-3). This version has all 18 schemas; the long form also has a scoring key and interpretation grid. To obtain copies, please order either of the two packets from the Order Center on this site. The third edition will not be printed on on our website, at the request of researchers using the inventory.
Be sure to note that the YSQ-2 version on this website is no longer being used. We have included it here for review purposes only, so visitors can get a sense of what the inventory is like.
The Young Schema Questionnaire (YSQ) assesses which of the Early Maladaptive Schemas a patient probably has.
The YSQ has both a long form and a short form. Many people have written us asking about the relative advantages and disadvantages of the two versions.
There are two main advantages of the long form. First, most people currently researching the YSQ all over the world are using the short version. Thus, in the near future, there will be more studies to compare your data with. Second, for clinical purposes, the long form contains items reflecting more subtle nuances of each schema.
There are also three advantages to using the short form. First, it is of course much faster to administer. Second, it is more pure factorially, since it contains the 5 highest loading items for each factor/schema in two previous research studies. Finally, in the long run, it will probably be used more frequently in research for the above reasons. I should note that two recent studies (not yet published) indicate that the reliability and factor structures seem to be equivalent for the short and long forms.
You will have to weigh these considerations for your own purposes. In clinical work with patients, therapists generally prefer the long form, because it offers more nuances of each schema. In research, the long form is also the one more widely studied, although there is a growing interest in the short form, because it can administered much more quickly and appears to have similar psychometric properties.
Other Schema Inventories
The Young Parenting Inventory (YPI) identifies the most likely origins of each schema for a particular patient.
The Young-Rygh Avoidance Inventory (YRAI) measures the degree to which a patient utilizes various forms of schema avoidance.
The Young Compensation Inventory (YCI) measures the most common ways that a patient overcompensates for his or her schemas.
To view a copy of any of these inventories, click on the relevant link to the right.