Scale name: Vengeance Scale
The Vengeance Scale is a 20-item self-report inventory with 10 items reversed scored.
Authors: Noreen Stuckless & Richard Goranson
Response Type: 7-point Likert type.
1 = Disagree strongly
2 = Disagree
3 = disagree slightly
4 = Neither disagree or agree
5 = Agree slightly
6 = Agree
7 = Agree strongly
It’s not worth my time or effort to pay back someone who has wronged me. (Reverse score)
It’s important for me to get back at people who have hurt me.
Psychometric properties: Study 1: The scale mean for the 20 items was 67.28. Men (71.84) scored significantly higher than did women (65.29).
Reliability: Study 1 and Study 2 alphas = .92. In study 3, a test-retest correlation = .90.
Validity: The structure was examined by Factor Analysis. The researchers concluded that a single factor was the best fit.
In study 2, Vengeance scores were negatively correlated with empathy and positively correlated with trait anger
Availability: See pages 41-42 of the article for the 20 items.
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Stuckless, N. & Goranson, R. (1992). The vengeance scale: Development of a measure of attitudes toward revenge, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 7, 25-42.
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