CFQ – Cognitive Failure Questionnaire


This questionnaire measures the subjective evaluation of one’s own cognitive abilities on the basis of mainly 25 items. It is about the extent to which people have recently been troubled by daily mistakes (for example: forgetting certain things, doing wrong actions by mistake, and the like). The items globally relate to memory and attention. The list was originally developed by D.E.Broadbent et al. (1982). The adaptation included in Minds is from R.Ponds et al. (2006). When scoring, a distinction is made in the subscales: Scattering, Scattering in social situations, Names and words, and Orientation. After the 25 questions come 4 more questions about subjective feelings as a result of these cognitive disturbances.

There are norms from the general Dutch population (N = 1358, divided into several age groups), from healthy elderly people and from vascular patients (in two age groups).


  • Broadbent, D.E.Cooper, P.F., FitzGerald, P,  & Parkes, K.R. (1982). The Cognitive Failure Questionnaire (CFQ) and its correlates. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 21, 1-16.
  • Ponds R, van Boxtel M, Jolles J. (2006). De “Cognitive Failure Questionnaire” als maat voor subjectief functioneren. Tijdschrift voor neuropsychologie. 1, 37-42.