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*Conflict Tactics Scale - Revised*
Script Author: Marisa Okana
last updated: 10-23-2019 by K. Borchert (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Millisecond Software, LLC
Millisecond Software thanks Marisa Okana for sharing her script!
The Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2; Straus, Hamby, Boney- McCoy, & Sugarman, 1996*) is a widely used
measure of intimate partner violence consisting of five subscales: physical violence, psychological violence,
sexual violence, negotiation, and physical injury.
Straus, M.A., Hamby, S.L., Boney-McCoy, S. & Sugarman, D.B. (1996). The Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2):
Development and Preliminary Psychometric Data. JOURNALOF FAMILY ISSUES, 17 , 283-316.
PERMISSION FOR RESEARCH USE OF THE CTS2: Do NOT administer this instrument without written permission of the authors.
'Permission to reproduce the CTS2 will be granted without charge to persons who agree to carry out and
report psychometric analyses (such as reliability and factor analyses), or who agree to provide us with data to
use for psychometric analysis. If data are provided, their use will be limited to psychometric analyses
and the right to use the data for substantive analyses will rest exclusively with the person or persons providing
the data. (Straus et al, 1996, p.305)'
There are 39 items to be answered by respondent for her/his own actions/behaviors and for partner's actions/behaviors
(78 items in total)
the default set-up of the script takes appr. 5 minutes to complete
DATA FILE INFORMATION
The default data stored in the data files are:
(1) Raw data file: 'RevisedConflictTacticsScale2.iqdat'
date, time: date and time script was run with the current group/subjectnumber
subject, group, session: with the current subject/groupnumber/session id
build: the Inquisit build
q*_response: response given (in assigned values); see scoring section
The following scale was used to score the initial responses (see Straus et al, 1996, p.305):
"Once in the past year": 1
"Twice in the past year": 2
"3-5 times in the past year": 4 (suggested midpoint)
"6-10 times in the past year": 8 (suggested midpoint)
"11-20 times in the past year": 15 (suggested midpoint)
"More than 20 times in the past year": 25 (suggested midpoint)
"Not in the past year, but it did happen before": 0*
"This has never happened": 0
*'Treatment of response Category 7. Response Category 7 ("Not in the
past year, but it did happen before") is used in two ways: (a) When scores
for the previous year are desired (the usual use of the CTS), Category 7 is
scored as 0; and (b) Category 7 can also be used to obtain a relationship
prevalence measure of physical assault-that is, did an assault ever occur?
Respondents who answer 1 through 7 are scored as 1 (yes).' (Straus et al, 1996, p.305)
The following default option values are used in this script
/ optionvalues = ("1", "2", "4", "8", "15", "25", "0", "0")
!!!!to change scoring to obtain a relationship prevalence measure of physical assault (binary) use the following scoring:
/ optionvalues = ("1", "1", "1", "1", "1", "1", "1", "0")
q*_latency: how much time (in ms) the participant spent on the surveypage with this particular question (the last time this particular surveypage was visited)
(2) Summary data file: 'RevisedConflictTacticsScale2_summary*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant)
computer.platform: the platform the script was run on (win/mac/ios/android)
script.startdate: date script was run
script.starttime: time script was started
script.subjectid: assigned subject id number
script.groupid: assigned group id number
script.sessionid: assigned session id number
script.elapsedtime: time it took to run script (in ms); measured from onset to offset of script
script.completed: 0 = script was not completed (prematurely aborted);
1 = script was completed (all conditions run)
/PhAssault_self_Max300: Physical Assault cumulative score for Self
/PhAssault_partner_Max300: Physical Assault cumulative score for Partner
Note: the higher the score, the more Physical Assault used
/PsAggr_self_Max200: Psychological Aggression cumulative score for Self
/PsAggr_partner_Max200: Psychological Aggression cumulative score for Partner
Note: the higher the score, the more Psychological Aggression used
/N_self_Max150: Negotiation cumulative score for Self
/N_partner_Max150: Negotiation cumulative score for Partner
Note: the higher the score, the more Negotiation used (without violence)
/I_self_Max150: Injury cumulative score for Self
/I_partner_Max150: Injury cumulative score for Partner
Note: the higher the score, the more injuries
/SC_self_Max175: Sexual Coercion cumulative score for Self
/SC_partner_Max175: Sexual Coercion cumulative score for Partner
Note: the higher the score, the more Sexual Coercion used
check below for (relatively) easily editable parameters, stimuli, instructions etc.
Keep in mind that you can use this script as a template and therefore always "mess" with the entire code to further customize your experiment.