Likelihood of Violence and Delinquency

Within the next month‚ how likely is it that you will…
1. Get into a physical fight?
2. Carry a gun?
3. Carry a knife?
4. Get injured in a fight?
5. Injure someone else in a fight?
6. Drink an alcoholic beverage?
7. Get drunk?
8. Get high on drugs?
9. Have sexual intercourse?
The Likelihood of Violence and Delinquency Scale measures perceived likelihood of engaging in violence and other high risk behaviors.
This instrument can be found on pages 118-119 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Age Range: 12 through 16 years old
Point values are assigned as follows:
Very likely = 4
Somewhat likely = 3
Not very likely = 2
Not at all likely = 1
Point values are summed for each respondent and divided by the number of items. The intended range of
scores is 1-4‚ with a higher score indicating a greater likelihood for violent or other delinquent

Flewelling RL‚ Paschall MJ‚ Ringwalt CL. SAGE Baseline Survey. Research Triangle Park‚ NC:

Research Tr Other Reference(s):     Dahlberg‚ L. L.‚ Toal‚ S. B.‚ & Behrens‚ C. B. (1998). Measuring violence-related attitudes‚ beliefs‚ and behaviors among youths: A compendium of assessment tools. Atlanta‚ GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‚ National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Other:           Scale is published in Dahlberg‚ Toal‚ & Behrens (1998).
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