Propensity for Abusiveness Scale (PAS) is a 29-item measure that aims to assess the tendency for male abusiveness of a female partner in intimate relationships. The scale contains 3 subscales: borderline personality organization, trauma symptom checklist, recollections of early childrearing.
Geographies Tested: Canada
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
If the statement is completely undescriptive of you – 1
If the statement is mostly undescriptive of you – 2
If the statement is partly undescriptive – 3
If the statement is mostly descriptive of you – 4
If the statement is completely descriptive of you – 5
Never occurred – 0
Occasionally occurred – 1
Often occurred – 2
Always occurred – 3
24. Restless sleep.
26. Anxiety attacks.
27. Fear of women.
28. Feeling tense all the time.
29. Having trouble breathing.
Never - 0
Occasionally - 1
Fairly often – 2
Very often - 3
The scale is scored by adding item scores. The scores for the first twelve items have a 1 to 5 range, items 13-21 have a 1 to 4 range, items 23 to 29 have a zero to 3 range.
Dutton, D. G. (1995). A scale for measuring propensity for abusiveness. Journal of Family Violence, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02110600
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