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Table 1 Original version of the VSI [27]

From: Gastrointestinal specific anxiety in irritable bowel syndrome: validation of the Japanese version of the visceral sensitivity index for university students

Visceral Sensitivity Index (VSI)
Item Strongly agree Moderately agree Mildly agree Mildly disagree Moderately disagree Strongly disagree
1 I worry that whenever I eat during the day, bloating and distension in my belly will get worse. 1 2 3 4 5 6
2 I get anxious when I go to a new restaurant. 1 2 3 4 5 6
3 I often worry about problems in my belly. 1 2 3 4 5 6
4 I have a difficult time enjoying myself because I cannot get my mind off of discomfort in my belly. 1 2 3 4 5 6
5 I often fear that I won’t be able to have a normal bowel movement. 1 2 3 4 5 6
6 Because of fear of developing abdominal discomfort, I seldom try new foods. 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 No matter what I eat, I will probably feel uncomfortable. 1 2 3 4 5 6
8 As soon as I feel abdominal discomfort I begin to worry and feel anxious. 1 2 3 4 5 6
9 When I enter a place I haven’t been before, one of the first things I do is to look for a bathroom. 1 2 3 4 5 6
10 I am constantly aware of the feelings I have in my belly. 1 2 3 4 5 6
11 I often feel discomfort in my belly could be a sign of a serious illness. 1 2 3 4 5 6
12 As soon as I awake, I worry that I will have discomfort in my belly during the day. 1 2 3 4 5 6
13 When I feel discomfort in my belly, it frightens me. 1 2 3 4 5 6
14 In stressful situations, my belly bothers me a lot. 1 2 3 4 5 6
15 I constantly think about what is happening inside my belly. 1 2 3 4 5 6