Readiness-for-Change Scale

The Readiness-for-Change Scale is a 9-item scale that aims to evaluate where respondents are in different stages of readiness to change their behavior in relation to preventing sexual assault.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults


1. I don’t think sexual assault is a big problem on campus.
2. I don’t think there is much I can do about sexual assault on campus.
3. There isn’t much need for me to think about sexual assault on campus, that’s the job of the crisis center.
4. Sometimes I think I should learn more about sexual assault, but I haven’t done so yet.
5. I think I can do something about sexual assault and am planning to find out what I can do about the problem.
6. I am planning to learn more about the problem of sexual assault on campus.
7. I have recently attended a program about sexual assault.
8. I am actively involved in projects to deal with sexual assault on campus.
9. I have recently taken part in activities or volunteered my time on projects focused on ending sexual assault on campus.

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale
Not at all true - 1
Very much true - 5

Scoring Procedures

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Original Citation

Banyard, V. L., Eckstein, R. P., & Moynihan, M. M. (2010). Sexual violence prevention: The role of stages of change. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(1), 111-135.

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