Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 231–234 | Cite as

Two-Year Reliability of the Propensity for Abusiveness Scale

  • Robert J. W. CliftEmail author
  • Lindsey A. Thomas
  • Donald G. Dutton


The Propensity for Abusiveness Scale (PAS; Dutton [1995a] J. Fam. Violence 10[2]: 203–221) has been shown to correlate with both physical and psychological abuse in a variety of samples including gay men, assaultive males, and male and female college students (Clift, 2001; Dutton et al., 2001). For the current study, 27 male and 37 female university students completed the PAS during the 1998–1999 and the 2000–2001 school years. A 2-year test–retest reliability coefficient of r = .851 was found for women and a reliability coefficient of r = .629 was found for men. The combined sample had a reliability coefficient of r = .774. Moderate test–retest reliability coefficients were also found for each of the subscales.


psychological abuse physical abuse Propensity for Abusiveness Scale test–retest reliability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. W. Clift
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Lindsey A. Thomas
    • 2
  • Donald G. Dutton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British Columbia
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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