Measuring violence related attitudes, behaviours, and influences among youths: a compendium of assessment tools

Published3rd June 2014

The compendium is designed to provide researchers and those interested in prevention with the tools to assess violence-related beliefs, behaviours, and influences–with a particular focus on the evaluation of programmes to prevent youth violence.

The document itself is currently accessible–though the accessibility of the tools that it points to may be subject to change.


“The document summarises more than 170 measures relating to four broad categories: attitude and belief assessments; pyschosocial and cognitive assessments; behaviour assessments; environmental assessments.

Sub-topics include:

Attitudes and beliefs related to: aggression/delinquency; couple violence; education and school; employment; gangs; gender roles; guns; television.

Psychosocial and cognitive factors related to: aggressive fantasies; attachment to role models; attributional bias; depression; emotional or psychological distress; ethnic identity; fatalism; future aspirations; hopelessness; hostility; moral reasoning; likelihood of involvement in violence; perceptions of self; personal safety; responsibility and citizenship; self control; self esteem; sense of caring and support; social consciousness.

Behaviour assessments relating to: aggressive and violent behaviour; concentration; conflict resolution skills; dating violence; delinquent and disciplinary behaviour; drug and alcohol use; exposure to gangs; handgun access; impulsivity; leisure activity; parental control; safety and threats; social competence; social problem solving skills; victimisation; weapon carrying.

Environmental assessments relating to: disciplinary practices; family communication; family conflict and hostility; family relationships; parent-child relationships; parental attitudes towards antisocial behaviour and aggression; parental involvement; parental monitoring and supervision; quality of life; collective efficacy; community involvement; community resources; exposure to violence; fear of crime; neighbourhood cohesion; neighbourhood disorganisation; neighbourhood integration and exchange; neighbourhood satisfaction; social control. “


Details of the developer of each scale are included, which would facilitate making contact in some cases.

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