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Ineffective Arguing Scale

Ineffective Arguing Scale is an 8-item measure in the US adapted from the Destructive Arguing scale (Kurdek, 1994). The measure is part of a sub-set of measures to capture the behavioral aspects of relational interactions.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Male

Age Range: Adults

Items:

1. By the end of an argument, each of us had been given a fair hearing.*
2. When we began to fight or argue, I thought, “Here we go again.”
3. Overall, I’d say we were pretty good at solving our problems.*
4. Our arguments were left hanging and unresolved.
5. We would go for days without settling our differences.
6. Our arguments seemed to end in frustrating stalemates.
7. We needed to improve the way we settled our differences.
8. Overall, our arguments were brief and quickly forgotten.*

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 5

*Items are reverse scored

Scoring Procedures

The mean of the item scores is calculated for the total. A higher score is indicative of having a higher degree of ineffective communication with a romantic partner.

Original Citation

Lee, R. D., Walters, M. L., Hall, J. E., & Basile, K. C. (2012). Behavioral and attitudinal factors differentiating male intimate partner violence perpetrators with and without a history of childhood family violence. Journal of Family Violence, 28(1), 85-94. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-012-9475-8

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