Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (AGQ)

The Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (AGQ) is a widely used psychological tool designed to measure aggression in individuals. Developed by Drs. Arnold Buss and Robert Perry in the 1960s, the AGQ is a self-report questionnaire that assesses the level of aggression in an individual. The AGQ is composed of 29 items, each of which is rated on a 5-point scale fromnot at all tovery much. The AGQ is a reliable and valid measure of aggression, and has been used in numerous studies to assess aggression in different populations. It has been used to measure aggression in adults and children, as well as in clinical and non-clinical populations. The AGQ has been found to be a valid measure of aggression in both genders and across different cultures. The AGQ is composed of three subscales: physical aggression, verbal aggression, and anger. The physical aggression subscale assesses the individuals willingness to engage in physical aggression, such as hitting, pushing, or throwing objects. The verbal aggression subscale assesses the individuals willingness to engage in verbal aggression, such as name-calling or making threats. The anger subscale assesses the individuals level of anger, such as feeling angry or frustrated. The AGQ is a useful tool for assessing aggression in individuals. It is easy to administer and can be used in a variety of settings. It is also useful for assessing changes in aggression over time, as it can be administered repeatedly. The AGQ has been used in numerous studies to assess aggression in different populations, and has been found to be a reliable and valid measure of aggression.
1. Some of my friends think I am a hothead.
2. If I have to resort to violence to protect my rights‚ I will.
3. When people are especially nice to me‚ I wonder what they want.
4. I tell my friends openly when I disagree with them.
5. I have become so mad that I have broken things.
6. I can’t help getting into arguments when people disagree with me.
7. I wonder why sometimes I feel so bitter about things.
8. Once in a while‚ I can’t control the urge to strike another person.
9. I am an even-tempered person.
10. I am suspicious of overly friendly strangers.
11. I have threatened people I know.
12. I flare up quickly but get over it quickly.
13. Given enough provocation‚ I may hit another person.
14. When people annoy me‚ I may tell them what I think of them.
15. I am sometimes eaten up with jealousy.
16. I can think of no good reason for ever hitting a person.
17. At times I feel I have gotten a raw deal out of life.
18. I have trouble controlling my temper.
19. When frustrated‚ I let my irritation show.
20. I sometimes feel that people are laughing at me behind my back.
21. I often find myself disagreeing with people.
22. If somebody hits me‚ I hit back.
23. I sometimes feel like a powder keg ready to explode.
24. Other people always seem to get the breaks.
25. There are people who pushed me so far that we came to blows.
26. I know that "friends" talk about me behind my back.
27. My friends say that I’m somewhat argumentative.
28. Sometimes I fly off the handle for no good reason.      
29. I get into fights a little more than the average person.
Physical Aggression‚ Verbal Aggression‚ Anger‚ Hostility
Extremely unch‎aracteristic‚ Somewhat unch‎aracteristic‚ Neither unch‎aracteristic nor ch‎aracteristic‚ Somewhat ch‎aracteristic‚ Extremely ch‎aracteristic‚ Often ch‎aracteristic
Physical Aggression Scale Items: 1-9         ‚ Verbal Aggression Scale Items: 10-14‚ Anger Scale Items: 15-21‚ and Hostility Scale Items:22-29

Buss‚ A. H.‚ & Perry‚ M. P. (1992). The aggression questionnaire. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology‚ 63‚ 452-459.

Felsten G & Hill V. 1999. Aggression Questionnaire Hostility Scale Predicts Anger in Response to Mistreatment. Behav Res Ther; 37(1) 87-97.