Beliefs about Conflict—NYC Youth Violence Survey

DESCRIPTION
These items measure Beliefs about conflict and perceptions of familial beliefs on fightingand weapon carrying.
KEYWORDS
This tool touches on the following keywords:
·         Conflict
·         Personal Attitudes and Beliefs
·         Peer Relationships
WHERE TO FIND OR DOWNLOAD
This instrument can be found on pages 31-32 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 .
FEES AND REQUIREMENTS
None noted.
AGE RANGE
Students in grades 9-12.
HOW TO ADMINISTER AND SCORE
Items can be considered separately or as an index of beliefs about conflict resolution. If considered separately‚ point values are assigned to correspond to the response categories. To cr‎eate an index using items 2-9‚ point values can be assigned as follows:
Yes = 3
Don’t know = 2
No = 1
Items 3 and 5 should be reverse coded. Scores are derived by summing across all responses. Atotal of 24 points is possible‚ with high scores indicating poor conflict resolution beliefs.
Source
Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)‚ Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. New York City Youth Violence Survey. Atlanta‚ GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‚ 1993.
 
Beliefs about Conflict—NYC Youth Violence Survey
1. Suppose someone was trying to start a physical fight with you. Which one of the following is most important in deciding whether you would get in a physical fight?
a. What your friends would think
b. What your parents would think
c. Whether you would get into trouble at school
d. Whether you would get hurt
e. Other
2. Threatening to use a weapon is an effective way to avoid a physical fight.
3. Avoiding or walking away from someone who wants to fight you is an effective way to avoid a physical fight.
4. Carrying a weapon is an effective way to avoid a physical fight.
5. Apologizing (saying you’re sorry) is an effective way to avoid a physical fight.
6. If someone hit me first‚ my family would want me to hit them back.
7. If someone attacked me‚ my family would want me to defend myself even if it meant using a weapon.
8. If I was going to be in a physical fight‚ I’d feel safer if I had a knife.
9. If I was going to be in a physical fight‚ I’d feel safer if I had a handgun.