A concurrent validation of the Violence Sensitivity Scale

Jonathan Corey, University of Rhode Island


A correlational concurrent validity study of the Violence Sensitivity Scale (VSS) was conducted in which respondents (N=169) also completed the Nonviolence Test (NVT), the Attitudes Toward Violence Scale (ATVS) and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (MCSD). The VSS was significantly positively correlated with the NVT and MCSD, and significantly negatively correlated with a transformed ATVS distribution. Principal Factors Analysis limited to four, factors assigned 23 of 38 VSS behaviors to the same factors as in a previous study. Multiple regression tests found the NVT and MCSD to be significant predictors of VSS and VSS subscale scores. Demographic variables were examined for differences on the VSS. Follow-up study suggestions are proposed and implications for use of the VSS in nonviolence training and in the study of peace and conflict are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Psychology, Social|Psychology, Experimental

Recommended Citation

Jonathan Corey, "A concurrent validation of the Violence Sensitivity Scale" (2008). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI3346847.