Children’s Action Tendency Scale (CATS)

1. You’re playing a game with your friends. You try your very best but you keep making mistakes. Your friends start teasing you and calling you names. What would you do?
a.    Punch the kid who’s teasing me the most. OR (Agg)
b.    Quit the game and come home. (Sub)
a.    Tell them to stop because you wouldn’t like it if I did it to them (As). OR
b.    Punch the kid whose me the most.
a.    Quit the game and come home. OR
b.    Tell them to stop because they wouldn’t like it if I did it to them.
2. You and a friend are playing in your house. Your friend makes a big mess‚ but your parents blame you and punish you. What would you do?
a.    Ask my friend to help me clean up the mess. OR (As)
b.    Refuse to talk or listen to my parents the next day. (Agg)
a.    Clean up the mess. OR (Sub)
b.    Ask my friend to help me clean up the mess.
a.    Refuse to talk to or listen to my parents the next day. OR
b.    Clean up the mess.
3. One morning before class‚ friends come over to you and as it they can copy your homework. They tell you that if you give them your answers‚ they’ll tell everyone that you’re really mean. What would you do?
a.    Tell them to do their own work. OR  (As)
b.    Give them the answers  (Sub)
a.    Tell them that I’ll tell everyone they’re a cheater. OR (Agg)
b.    Tell them to do their own work.
a.    Give them the answers. OR
b.    Tell them that I’ll tell everyone they’re a cheater
4. You’re standing in line for a drink of water. A kid your age and size walks over and just shoves you out of line. What would you do?
a.    Push the kid back out of line. OR (Agg)
b.    Tell them‚ “You’ve no right to do that.” (As)
a.    I’d go to the end of the line. OR  (Sub)
b.    Push the kid back out of line.
a.    Tell them‚ “You’ve no right to do that!” OR
b.    I’d go to the end of the line.
5. You lend a friend your favorite book. A few days later it is returned‚ but some of the pages are torn and the cover is dirty and bent out of shape. What would you do?
a.    Ask my friend‚ “How did it happen?” OR (As)
b.    Call the kid names. (Agg)
a.    Ignore it. OR (Sub)
b.    Ask my friend‚ “How did it happen?”
a.    Call the kid names. OR
b.    Ignore it.
6. You’re coming out of school. A kid who is smaller and younger than you are throws a snowball right at your head. What would you do?
a.    Beat the kid up. OR  (Agg)
b.    Ignore it. (Sub)
a.    Tell the kid that throwing things at someone’s head is very dangerous. (As) OR
b.    Beat the kid up.
a.    Ignore it. OR
b.    Tell the kid that throwing things at someone’s head is very dangerous.
7. You see some kids playing a game. You walk over and ask if you can join. They tell you that you can’t play with them because you’re not good enough. What would you do?
a.    Ask them to give me a chance. OR  (As)
b.    Walk away‚ feeling hurt. (Sub)
a.    Interfere with their game so that they won’t be able to play. OR  (Agg)
b.    Ask them to give me a chance.
a.    Walk away‚ feeling hurt. OR
b.    Interfere with their game so that they won’t be able to play.
8. You’re watching a really terrific show on television. In the middle of the show‚ your parents tell you that it’s time for bed and turn off the T.V. What would you do?
a.    Scream at them‚ “I don’t want to!” OR  (Agg)
b.    Start crying. (Sub)
a.    Promise to go to bed early tomorrow night if they let me stay up late tonight. (As) OR
b.    Scream at them‚ “I don’t want to!”
a.    Start crying. OR
b.    Promise to go to bed early tomorrow night if they let me stay up late tonight.
9. You’re ha‎ving lunch in the cafeteria. Your friend has a big bag of delicious chocolates for dessert. You ask if you can have just one‚ but your friend says “No.” What would you do?
a.    Offer to trade something of mine for the chocolate. OR  (As)
b.    Call the kid mean and selfish. (Agg)
a.    Forget about it and continue eating my lunch. OR (Sub)
b.    Offer to trade something of mine for the chocolate.
a.    Call the kid mean and selfish. OR
b.    Forget about it and continue eating my lunch.
10. A kid in your class brags that they’re much smarter than you. However‚ you know for sure that the kid is wrong and that you’re really smarter. What would you do?
a.    Tell the kid to shut up. OR (Agg)
b.    Suggest that we ask each other questions to find out who is smarter. (As)
a.    Ignore the kid and just walk away. OR (Sub)
b.    Tell the kid to shut up.
a.    Suggest that we ask each other questions to find out who is smarter. OR
b.    Ignore the kid and just walk away.
11. You and another kid are playing a game. The winner of the game will win a really nice prize. You try very hard‚ but lose by just one point. What would you do?
a.    Tell the kid that they cheated. OR
b.    Practice‚ so I’ll win the next time. (As)
a.    Go home and cry. OR (Sub)
b.    Tell the kid that they cheated.
a.    Practice so I’ll win the next time. OR
b.    Go home and cry.
12. One of your parents does something which really bugs you. They know that it bugs you‚ but they just ignore how you feel and keep doing it anyway. What would you do?
a.    Get back at them by doing something that bugs them. OR (Agg)
b.    Tell them that they are bugging me. (As)
a.    Try to ignore it. OR (Sub)
b.    Get back at them by doing something that bugs them.
a.    Tell them that they are bugging me. OR
b.    Try to ignore it.
13. You’re playing with a friend in your house and you’re making a lot of noise. Your parents get really angry and start yelling at you for making so much noise. What would you do?
a.    Find something else to do. OR (Sub)
b.    Ignore their yelling and continue to make a noise. (Agg)
a.    Tell them. “I’m sorry‚ but I can’t play the game without making a noise. OR (As)
b.    Find something else to do.
a.    Ignore their yelling and continue to make a noise. OR
b.    Tell them. “I’m sorry‚ but I can’t play the game without making a noise.
 
Aggressiveness‚ Assertiveness‚ Submissiveness
 
 
 
This instrument can be found at:https://ujcontent.uj.ac.za/vital/access/services/Download/uj:11231/CONTENT1 & Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 460-463.
 

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Deluty‚ R. H. (1979). Children’s Action Tendency Scale (CATS). In Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 460-463.

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