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A printable PDF version of The Oxford Psychological Investigation of Coronavirus Questionnaire – TOPIC-Q is available for download and use. 

Rosebrock, L., Černis, E., Lambe, S., Waite, F., Rek, S., Petit, A., Ehlers, A., Clark, D. M. and Freeman, D. (2021) Catastrophic cognitions about coronavirus: the Oxford psychological investigation of coronavirus questionnaire [TOPIC-Q], Psychological Medicine. Cambridge University Press, pp. 1–10.


Scoring (sum the scores for each subscale):

Cognitions about Safety and Vulnerability: Items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Cognitions about Negative Long-Term Impact: Items 6, 7, 8, 9
Cognitions about Having the Virus: Items 10, 11, 12, 13
Cognitions about Negative Self: Items 14, 15, 16
Cognitions about Social Judgment: Items 17, 18, 19, 20
Cognitions about Spreading the Virus: Items 21, 22, 23
Cognitions about Being Targeted: Items 24, 25, 26

 

How strongly do you currently believe each of these statements?

1: The only way to survive is not
 to leave the house.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

2: I am going to die from this virus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

3: I will never be safe from the virus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

4: If I get coronavirus, no treatment
 will save me.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

5: The virus is on almost every surface.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

6: My world has been shattered by
 coronavirus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

7: Having to isolate has permanently
 changed me for the worse.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

8: The pandemic has made everything
 hopeless.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

9: There is no point planning ahead.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

10: Whenever my breath is short I think 
I’ve got the virus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

11: If I feel hot, I think I’m dying.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

12: If I cough, I’m certain I have the virus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

13: If others tell me I look tired, I fear I 
have the virus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

14: My response to the lockdown shows
 that I am a bad person.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

15: I deserve to get coronavirus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

16: I have failed in my response to 
coronavirus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

17: People will think I’m infected with
 coronavirus if I cough or sneeze in public.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

18: People will judge me badly because of
 my response to coronavirus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

19: People will think I’m disgusting if I cough
 or sneeze in public.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

20: People will think I’m horrible if I get too 
close to them.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

21:  have spread the virus to hundreds
 of people.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

22: I have spread the virus and caused
 other people to die.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

23: I have spread the virus without realising 
I had it.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

24: People are deliberately trying to give me
 the virus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

25: The virus is particularly going after me.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally

26: When outside, people get close to me in
 order to give me the virus.

0   Not at all

1   A little

2   Moderately

3   A lot

4   Totally