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Spann-Fisher Codependency Scale

by Fischer, J., Spann, L., Crawford, D. (1991). Measuring codependency. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 8, 1, 87-100

Below is a list of statements. Please read each statement carefully and rate how strongly you agree or disagree with it.

  1. It is hard for me to make decisions.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  2. It is hard for me to say "no."
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  3. It is hard for me to accept compliments graciously.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  4. Sometimes I almost feel bored or empty if I don't have problems to focus on.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  5. I usually do not do things for other people that they are capable of doing for themselves.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  6. When I do something nice for myself I usually feel guilty.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  7. I do not worry very much.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  8. I tell myself that things will get better when the people in my life change what they are doing.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  9. I seem to have relationships where I am always there for them but they are rarely there for me.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  10. Sometimes I get focused on one person to the extent of neglecting other relationships and responsibilities.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  11. I seem to get into relationships that are painful for me.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  12. I don't usually let others see the "real" me.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  13. When someone upsets me I will hold it in for a long time, but once in a while I explode.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  14. I will usually go to any lengths to avoid open conflict.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  15. I often have a sense of dread or impending doom.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree

  16. I often put the needs of others ahead of my own.
    strongly disagree              strongly agree


It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
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