Attitudes Toward Guns and Violence Questionnaire
The Attitudes Toward Guns and Violence Questionnaire measures youth and young adult attitudes concerning guns, physical aggression, and interpersonal conflict.
Number of Versions: 1 Version: Attitudes Toward Guns and Violence Questionnaire Author(s): Jeremy P. Shapiro Date of Publication: 2000 Material(s) Needed for Test: Instrument Manual: Available Time to Administer: 5-10 minutes Charge for one form or kit: Yes
Purpose and Nature of Test
Aggression, Violence Population for which designed:
Age Range: 6 through 29 years old Method of Administration: Group and Individual Source of Information: Self Subtests and Scores:
Aggressive Response to Shame, Comfort with Aggression, Excitement, Power/Safety Number of Items: 26 Type of Scale: Likert
Sample Size: 1,745 Population: The sample, consisting of 1508 children (ages 6-18) and 237 young adults (ages 19-29) was ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. It was drawn from the major geographical regions of the United States, providing an approximate representation of the American youth and young adult population. Culture/ethnicity: African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic/Latino SES Level: Not reported by author(s).
Psychometric information: Provided for Subscales. The range of Test-Retest Value: 0.34 to 0.71 The range of Inter-rater reliability: Not assessed The range of Internal consistency: 0.73 to 0.84
Validity:Criterion validity was assessed and found to be acceptable.
Scoring Procedure: Manual and Computer Scoring Examiner Qualifications and Training Required: Masters Degree Permission Required to Use Instrument: Yes If yes, by whom: Western Psychological Services
Original Reference(s): Shapiro, J. P. (2000). Attitdues Toward Guns and Violence Questionnaire: Manual. Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services. Other Reference(s): The Gun Safety Institute. (1994). Attitudes towards guns and violence. Unpublished report. Cleveland, OH: Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Shapiro, J. P., Dorman, R. L., Welker, C. J., & Clough, J. B. (1998). Youth attitudes towards guns and violence: Relation with sex, age, ethnic group, and firearm exposure. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 27 (1), 98-108.
Shapiro, J. P., Dorman, R. L., Burkey, W. M., Welker, C. J., & Clough, J. B. (1997). Development and factor analysis of a measure of youth attitudes towards guns and violence. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 26 (93), 311-320.
Other: The Attitudes Toward Guns and Violence Questionnaire kit includes the Aggressive Behavior Checklist. This instrument has two forms, the teacher form and the student form, and is used in assessing aggressive behavior and interpersonal problems. Both instruments can be used in conjunction to provide a multidimensional picture of aggression.
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Last updated by Violence Institute of New Jersey: July 2006