A re-examination of the verbal aggressiveness scale: One factor or two?

Michael J. Beatty, Jill E. Rudd, Kristin Marie Valencic

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The contribution of Infante and Wigley's theoretical work regarding trait verbal aggressiveness has been underscored by the numerous investigations into the nature, correlates, and consequences of trait verbal aggressiveness in a wide variety of social contexts. Although results consistent with theoretical expectations have been obtained when the Verbal Aggressiveness Scale (VAS) has been employed in a unidimensional form, recent evidence suggests that the precision of the VAS can be enhanced through multi-dimensional interpretation. In the present study, evidence gleaned from (I) exploratory factor analyses, (2) interfactor correlations, and (3) reliability analyses, all cast doubt on a unidimensional interpretation of the VAS. Conceptual and methodological implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-17
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science


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