Attitude Toward Violence

DESCRIPTION

Measures attitudes toward violence and its acceptability‚ particularly in relation to fighting.

KEYWORDS

This tool touches on the following keywords:

WHERE TO FIND OR DOWNLOAD

This instrument can be found on pages 22 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/YV_Compendium.pdf .

http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED486261.pdf

http://oregonmentors.org/library/evaluationtools/keyword/15/

FEES AND REQUIREMENTS

None noted.

AGE RANGE

Middle school students‚ grades 6-8.

HOW TO ADMINISTER AND SCORE

Items 2 and 5 are reverse scored. A total score of 30 is possible by summing across all items. Higher scores indicate a positive attitude toward violent strategies and limited use of nonviolent strategies.

Point values are assigned as follows:

Strongly agree = 5

Agree = 4

Neither = 3

Disagree = 2

Strongly disagree = 1

 

Attitude Toward Violence

  1. If I walk away from a fight‚ I’d be a coward (“chicken”).
  2. I don’t need to fight because there are other ways to deal with being mad.
  3. It’s okay to hit someone who hits you first.
  4. If a kid teases me‚ I usually cannot get him/her to stop unless I hit him/her.
  5. If I really want to‚ I can usually talk someone out of trying to fight with me.
  6. If I refuse to fight‚ my friends will think I’m afraid.

 

(Item 4 was modified and item 6 added by Bosworth & Espelage‚ 1995.)