Rigidity of Attitudes Regarding Personal Habits Scale (RAPH Scale)

RAPH Scale (Rigidity of Attitudes Regarding Personal Habits)
Meresko‚ Rubin‚ Shontz and Morrow‚ 1954
1.    I rather like the idea of ha‎ving friends dr‎op in unexpectedly at odd hours.*
2.    I dislike doing anything just on the spur of the moment.
3.    I don’t much like the kind of painting that doesn’t tell a story or doesn’t portray something in a clear‚ unambiguous fashion.
4.    Few things are more upsetting than a sudden unexpected change of plans.
5.    A self-respecting person should never permit himself to relax his vigilance over personal habits; seemingly minor lapses can easily grow in to complete breakdown of self-discipline.
6.    I n whatever one does‚ the “tried and true” ways are always the best.
7.    I never start anything I can’t finish.
8.    It’s a good idea to have a strong point of view about things because that makes it easier to decide what’s wrong or right.
9.    The rules of logic are the rules of life.
10.I f I had a new car; I’d always keep it nicely cleaned and polished.
11.”A place for everything and everything in its place” is a pretty good motto to live by.
12.The best way to enjoy a vacation is to plan every detail carefully before you leave.
13.Once a person starts going off his budget‚ even by small amounts‚ he’s on the road to financial difficulty.
14.I rather like the idea of ha‎ving my meals at odd hours and of going to bed when the mood strikes me.*
15.One of the major aims of education should be to give us a few simple rules of behavior to apply in every situation.
16.The biggest advantage man possesses over lower animals is his ability to regulate himself and live by definite and unchanging rules of conduct.
17.A person who seldom changes his mind can usually be depended upon to have sound and reliable judgment on matters of importance.
18.Once a person makes up his mind about something he should stick to his conclusion instead of repeatedly rehashing the question.
19.Every person should live by a few good and unchanging rules of conduct; that way he can never go wrong.
20.The only way to make sure that things get done right is to set up a definite and fixed schedule and never depart from it.
* Reversed items
Traditionalism‚ Rule-riddeness‚ Opposition to any change of judgment‚ Opposition to any change of plans‚ Intolerance of ambiguity manifested in specific situations‚ Intolerance of ambiguity regarding expectations or plans for the future
Strongly Agree‚ Agree‚ Slightly Agree‚ Slightly Disagree‚ Disagree‚ Strongly Disagree
Traditionalism (item 6)‚ Rule-riddeness (item 5‚ 9‚ 10‚ 11‚ 15‚ 16‚ 19)‚ Opposition to any change of judgment (item 8‚ 17‚ 18)‚ Opposition to any change of plans (item 1‚ 2‚ 4‚ 7‚ 13‚ 20)‚ Intolerance of ambiguity manifested in specific situations (item 3)‚ Intolerance of ambiguity regarding expectations or plans for the future (item 12‚ 14)

Meresko‚ R.‚ Rubin‚ M.‚ Shontz‚ F.C.‚ and Morrow‚ W.R.‚ (1954). Rigidity of attitudes regarding personal habits and its ideological correlates. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology‚ 49(1)‚ 89-93.

Robinson‚ John P.‚ Shaver‚ Phillip R. (1969). Measures of Political Attitudes. Institute for Social Research‚ University of Michigan/. Ann Arbor‚ Michigan