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The factorial validity and reliability of three versions of the Aggression Questionnaire using Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Exploratory Structural Equation Modelling

Perry, John L.; McKay, Michael T.; Perry, John L.; Harvey, Séamus A.

Authors

John L. Perry

Michael T. McKay

John L. Perry

Séamus A. Harvey



Abstract

The Aggression Questionnaire (AQ) measures aggression in four domains: Anger, Hostility, Physical Aggression and Verbal Aggression. Moreover, a number of shorter versions of the AQ have emerged. The present study used a large sample of adolescents to test three versions of the AQ. In each case we examined a unidimensional model, a hierarchical model, and a four-factor model. Results of Confirmatory Factor Analysis revealed limited support for a unidimensional model in any of the AQ forms, with results supporting the widely used four-factor model, and to a lesser extent, the hierarchical model. Fit indices for both short-forms of the AQ using Exploratory Structural Equation Modelling were very good. However, results also revealed only partial gender invariance for both scales.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-02
Journal Personality and individual differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 90
Pages 12-15
APA6 Citation McKay, M. T., Perry, J. L., & Harvey, S. A. (2016). The factorial validity and reliability of three versions of the Aggression Questionnaire using Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Exploratory Structural Equation Modelling. Personality and individual differences, 90, 12-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.10.028
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.10.028
Keywords Exploratory structural equation modelling, Confirmatory factor analysis, Aggression questionnaire, Invariance testing
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886915006625
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Personality and individual differences, 2016, v.90

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