The Brief Aggression Questionnaire: Structure, Validity, Reliability, and Generalizability.

TitleThe Brief Aggression Questionnaire: Structure, Validity, Reliability, and Generalizability.
Publication TypeJournal Article
JournalJournal of personality assessment
Volume97
Issue6
Pagination638-49
Date Published2015
ISSN0022-3891
Abstract

In contexts that increasingly demand brief self-report measures (e.g., experience sampling, longitudinal and field studies), researchers seek succinct surveys that maintain reliability and validity. One such measure is the 12-item Brief Aggression Questionnaire (BAQ; Webster et al., 2014), which uses 4 3-item subscales: Physical Aggression, Verbal Aggression, Anger, and Hostility. Although prior work suggests the BAQ's scores are reliable and valid, we addressed some lingering concerns. Across 3 studies (N = 1,279), we found that the BAQ had a 4-factor structure, possessed long-term test-retest reliability across 12 weeks, predicted differences in behavioral aggression over time in a laboratory experiment, generalized to a diverse nonstudent sample, and showed convergent validity with a displaced aggression measure. In addition, the BAQ's 3-item Anger subscale showed convergent validity with a trait anger measure. We discuss the BAQ's potential reliability, validity, limitations, and uses as an efficient measure of aggressive traits.

DOI10.1080/00223891.2015.1044093
Short TitleJ Pers Assess
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