Normative Beliefs About Aggression

This tool measures perceptions and beliefs about behaving aggressively under varying conditions of provocation and when no conditions are specified.

It can be administered individually or in groups.

It has two sub-scales which can be used separately: the General Approval Aggression Scale (8 items) and the Approval of Retaliation Aggression (12 items).  The two sub-scales can be used together as the Total Approval of Aggression. 

 

Tool

Administration Method
Number of Questions
20
Creator(s) of Tool
L. Rowell Huesmann, Ph.D.
Research Center for Group Dynamics
Institute for Social Research
426 Thompson Street
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
(p) 734-764-8360
(f) 734-764-3652
[email protected]
http://www.rcgd.isr.umich.edu/


The tool is copyrighted. Please contact above for use.
For a sample of the tool, see pp. 17-19:
Dahlberg LL, Toal SB, Swahn M, Behrens CB. Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes, Behaviors, and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools, 2nd ed., Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2005. http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pub/measuring_violence.html
Scoring / Benchmarking
Items are scored on a 4-point scale:

It’s perfectly OK = 4
It’s sort of OK = 3
It’s sort of wrong = 2
It’s really wrong = 1

General Approval Aggression Scale (8 items)
Questions 13-20
Sum responses and divide by the total number of items completed.
A maximum score of 4 indicates a belief that aggression is generally acceptable. A minimum score of 1 indicates that aggression is generally unacceptable.

Approval of Retaliation Aggression (12 items)
Questions 1-12
Sum responses and divide by the total number of items completed.
A maximum score of 4 indicates a belief that aggression is acceptable on specific provocation issues. A minimum score of 1 indicates that aggression is unacceptable on specific provocation issues.

Total Approval of Aggression (the two sub-scales combined)
Questions 1-20
Sum responses and divide by the total number of items completed. A maximum score of 4 indicates a belief that aggression is acceptable. A minimum score of 1 indicates that aggression is unacceptable.
Background / Quality
Internal consistency: .90. One-year stability: .39 (Huesmann, Guerra, Zelli & Miller, 1992; Guerra, Huesmann, & Hanish, 1995; Huesmann & Guerra, 1997.)
Is there a cost associated with this tool?
No
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