Using the 5 point scale shown below, indicate how uncharacteristic or characteristic each of the following statements is in describing you. Place your rating in the box to the right of the statement.
1 = extremely uncharacteristic of me
2 = somewhat uncharacteristic of me
3 = neither uncharacteristic nor characteristic of me
4 = somewhat characteristic of me
5 = extremely characteristic of me
Some of my friends think I am a hothead
If I have to resort to violence to protect my rights, I will.
When people are especially nice to me, I wonder what they want.
I tell my friends openly when I disagree with them.
I have become so mad that I have broken things.
I can’t help getting into arguments when people disagree with me.
I wonder why sometimes I feel so bitter about things.
Once in a while, I can’t control the urge to strike another person.
I am an even-tempered person.
I am suspicious of overly friendly strangers.
I have threatened people I know.
I flare up quickly but get over it quickly.
Given enough provocation, I may hit another person.
When people annoy me, I may tell them what I think of them.
I am sometimes eaten up with jealousy.
I can think of no good reason for ever hitting a person.
At times I feel I have gotten a raw deal out of life.
I have trouble controlling my temper.
When frustrated, I let my irritation show.
I sometimes feel that people are laughing at me behind my back.
I often find myself disagreeing with people.
If somebody hits me, I hit back.
I sometimes feel like a powder keg ready to explode.
Other people always seem to get the breaks.
There are people who pushed me so far that we came to blows.
I know that “friends” talk about me behind my back.
My friends say that I’m somewhat argumentative.
Sometimes I fly off the handle for no good reason.
I get into fights a little more than the average person.
The two questions with the asterisk are reverse scored.
The Aggression scale consists of 4 factors, Physical Aggression (PA), Verbal Aggression (VA), Anger (A) and Hostility (H). The total score for Aggression is the sum of the factor scores.
Buss, A.H., & Perry, M. (1992). The Aggression Questionnaire. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63, 452-459.