Attitudes Toward Abortion Scale


Scale name: Attitudes Toward Abortion Scale

Scale overview: The Attitudes Toward Abortion Scale is a 12-item, four-choice agreement rating scale.

Authors: Michael Taylor and George Whitehead

Response Type: Items are rated on a scale of agreement: strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree.

Subscales = 2 with sample item


1. Abortion is not acceptable under any circumstances.

External Influence

10. Abortions should be partially covered by insurance companies.


Reliability: Cronbach’s alpha = .92 in the scale development sample.

Validity: The scale was significantly correlated with the Hess & Rueb abortion scale and the James religiosity scale. The results of a factor analysis yielded two factors.



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Reference for the scale

Taylor, M. G. and Whitehead, G. I. (2014) "The measurement of attitudes toward abortion," Modern Psychological Studies, 20,1.


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Attitudes Toward Abortion Scale     >>  ATAS

Attitudes Toward Abortion Questionnaire   >>  ATAQ

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