Behavioral Affect Rating Scale (BARS)

12-item version:
How often does your [dad/mom]…
1 Get mad (angry) at you?
2 Let you know he/she really care about you?
5 Criticize you or your ideas?
6 Shout or yell at you because he/she was mad at you?
8 Act lovingly and affectionate toward you?
10 Let you know that he/she appreciate you‚ your ideas or the things you does?
12 Help you do something that was important to you?
14 Argue with you whenever you disagreed about something?
15 Threaten you‚ or tell you that you’re going to get in trouble if you do something wrong?
17 Hit‚ push‚ grab or shove you?
18 Tell you that he/she loves you?
20 Ignore you when you tried to talk to him/her?
22-item version:
During the past 12 months when you and specific person have spent time talking or doing things together‚ how often did she/he…
1 Get angry at you?
2 Ask you for your opinion about an important matter?
3 Listen carefully to your point of view?
4 Let you know she/he really cares about you?
5 Criticize you or your ideas?
6 Shout or yell at you because she/he was mad at you?
7 Act loving and affectionate toward you?
8 Ignore you when you tried to talk to him/her?
9 Give you a lecture about how you should behave?
10 Let you know that she/he appreciates you‚ your ideas or the things you do?
11 Help you do something that was important to you?
12 Boss you around a lot?
13 Have a good laugh with you about something that was funny?
14 Hit‚ push‚ grab or shove you?
15 Not listen to you but do all of the talking himself/herself?
16 Argue with you whenever you disagreed about something?
17 Act supportive and understanding toward you?
18 Insult or swear at you?
19 Tell you she/he is right and you are wrong about things?
20 Call you bad names?
21 Threaten to hurt you by hitting you with his/her fist‚ an object‚ or something else?
22 Tell you she/he loves you?
 
 
Mother report of father hostility 0.88
Mother report of father warmth 0.94
Father report of mother hostility 0.81
Father report of mother warmth 0.91
Child report of mother warmth 0.82
Child report of father warmth 0.87
 
  • family relationships
  • Affection
 
This instrument can be found on pages 18-21 of Latino Families and Youth: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=23171&Itemid=
 
 
Point values are assigned as follows:
Conger‚ 1989 22-item version
1 = Always
2 = Almost always
3 = Fairly often
4 = About half the time
5 = Not too often
6 = Almost never
7 = Never
Conger‚ 1989 12-item version
1 = Never
2 = Sometimes
3 = Most of the time
Taylor‚ 2002 version
Four-point scale with only endpoints labeled.
1 = Almost never or never
4 = Almost always or always
 

Conger‚ R. D. (1989). Behavioral Affect Rating Scale (BARS). Developed from diverse sources for the Iowa Youth & Family Project. Ames‚ IA: Iowa State University.

Taylor‚ Z. E.‚ Larsen-Rife‚ D.‚ Conger‚ R. D.‚ & Widaman‚ K. F. (2012). Familism‚ interparental conflict‚ and parenting in Mexican-origin families: A cultural–contextual framework. Journal of Marriage and Family‚ 74(2)‚ 312-327 3.

 

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