Regulatory Focus Questionnaire (RFQ)

The Regulatory Focus Questionnaire (RFQ) differentiates between: A prevention focus that emphasizes safety and responsibility, views goals as oughts, and is concerned with non-losses and losses. The RFQ was derived from a factor analysis of items assessing the history of individuals’ success at promotion and prevention tasks over the course of their lives. This questionnaire consists of 11 items that are answered on a scale of 1-5.

Content

Topics
Outcome Orientation
Skills
Regulatory Focus
Subskills

Promotion, Prevention

Grades
Post secondary
Languages
English

Administration Information

Length
11 items
Price

Free

Training
None
Qualifications
None
Group/Individual
Individual
Administration
Paper
Professional
Professional

Access and Use

Contact

Higgins Lab at Columbia University - PI: E. Tory Higgins @ cuhigginslab@gmail.com

Open Access
Yes
Peer-Reviewed Study Citations

Lockwood, P., Jordan, C. H., & Kunda, Z. (2002). Motivation by positive or negative role models: Regulatory focus determines who will best inspire us. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83(4), 854-864. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.83.4.854

Hamstra, M. R., Yperen, N. W., Wisse, B., & Sassenberg, K. (2011). Transformational-Transactional Leadership Styles and Followers’ Regulatory Focus. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 10(4), 182-186. doi:10.1027/1866-5888/a000043

Higgins, E. T., Friedman, R., Harlow, R. E., Idson, L. C., Ayduk, O. N., & Taylor, A. (2001). Achievement orientations from subjective histories of success: Promotion pride versus prevention pride. European Journal of Social Psychology, 31(1), 3-23.
 
Camacho, C. J., Higgins, E. T., & Luger, L. (2003). Moral value transfer from regulatory fit: What feels right is right and what feels wrong is wrong. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(3), 498-510.
 
Molden, D. C., & Higgins, E. T. (2004). Categorization under uncertainty: Resolving vagueness and ambiguity with eager versus vigilant strategies. Social Cognition, 22(2), 248-277.
 
Cesario, J., & Higgins, E. T. (2008). Making message recipients "feel right": How nonverbal cues can increase persuasion. Psychological Science, 19(5), 415-420

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring