Identity Salience Questionnaire (ISQ)


Assessment name: Identity Salience Questionnaire (ISQ)

Scale overview: The Identity Salience Questionnaire (ISQ) is a 6-item self-report measure of two dimensions of an identity: The persistence of the identity in thought and the awareness of the identity in a context.

Read more about the concept, Identity Salience.

Response Type: Items are rated on a scale of agreement from 1 = strongly disagree to 7 = strongly agree.

Scale items

The first three items measure “Chronic Salience” and the second group of three items measure “Contextual Salience.” The letter “X” should be replaced by the researcher based on the specific social identity they are studying. The six items should be presented in random order.

Chronic salience items refer to how often someone thinks about their identity. Contextual Salience items refer to when a person thinks about their identity such as when a person says something in conversation.


Reliability and Validity

In the article below, the authors present evidence of stability, reliability, and validity in four studies. The studies focused on identity salience in LGBTQIA+ samples but the scale items are not limited to a specific type of self-identity.


Availability: The full scale along with instructions and labels for the ratings can be found in Appendix A of the manuscript, which is page 40 of the pdf file. One source of the document is



Reference for the scale

Hinton, J. D. X., Koc, Y., de la Piedad Garcia, X., Kaufmann, L. M., & Anderson, J. (2022, December 4). Chronic and Contextual Identity Salience: Assessing Dual-Dimensional Salience with the Identity Salience Questionnaire (ISQ).

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