Reactivity in Family Communication

Reactivity in Family Communication
Multisite Violence Prevention Project‚ 2004b
Adapted from Henry‚ Chertok‚ Keys & Jegerski‚ 1991
1. Family members jump to conclusions when we talk.
2. I know what other members of my family will say before they finish saying it.
3. We interrupt one another when we talk or argue.
  • emotional
This instrument can be found on page 290 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
Never =1
 Almost always=5
Point values are assigned as indicated above. Point values are summed and then divided by the total number of items. Intended range is 1-5‚ with higher scores indicating greater reactivity in family communication.

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. Description of measures: parent survey‚ 2004b. Available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‚ National Center for Injury Prevention and Control‚ Atlanta‚ GA.

Henry D‚ Chertok F‚ Keys C‚ Jegerski J. Organizational and family systems factors in stress among ministers. American Journal of Community Psychology 1991;19(6):931-952