Helfant’s Scale of Hostility in International Relations

Helfant’s Scale of Hostility in International Relations
Helfant (1952)
1.    In my opinion‚ the United States should give up trying to be on friendly terms with other countries.
2.    I think that if the United States is friendly toward other countries they are not as likely to be aggressive toward us.
3.    In my opinion‚ only foolish dreamers believe that international friendliness can accomplish anything in the modern world.
4.    I feel that in international relations it is just plain common sense to “love thy neighbor as they self.”
5.    I believe that the U.S. should send food and materials to any country that needs them.
6.    In my opinion‚ we shouldn’t risk our happiness and well-being by getting involved with other countries.
7.    I think that helping foreign countries is a waste of money.
8.    In my opinion‚ international good will is essential to the welfare of the United States.
9.    It is my belief that we should get even with any country that tries to take advantage of the United States.
10.I feel that we can’t have “peace on earth‚ good will to men‚” because other nations are not of good will.
11.I think that being friendly with other countries will do more good than harm.
12.It is my feeling that we should try to help all nations‚ whether we get anything special out of it or not.
13.I think that other countries are always getting us into wars.
14.I think that being friendly with other nations is a real help in solving international problems.
15.It is my belief that other nations are often plotting against us.
16.In my opinion‚ all sensible people believe in trying to be friendly with other countries.
This instrument can be found online at: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/41865
Strongly Agree‚ Agree‚ Don’t know‚ Disagree‚ Strongly Disagree

Helfant‚ K. 1952. Parents’ attitudes versus adolescent sociopolitical attitudes. Psychological Monograph‚ 66; 1-23.

Choichiro Yatani‚ 1982. Attitudes Toward Political Participation and Preference for Violence. Oregon State University. ma‎ster of Art Thesis.