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Relational Aggression and Victimization Assessment

Self-report measure on the extent to which youth experience and perpetrate relational aggression.

relational aggression, social aggression, exclusion, peer victimization
Julie Rusby


Julie C. Rusby

Citation and Copyright


6 items on victimization of relational aggression
5 items on relational aggression perpetration

8-point frequency response scale, similar to that used in the Child and Adolescent Disruptive Behavior Inventory (CADBI)-- Burns, Taylor, & Rusby (1999).

Assessment Modality


Youth self report

Instrument Details

Middle childhood, early adolescence, adolescence.

Questions are framed in the context of school (d.g., "how many times did a student . . . "
English and Spanish
About 5 minutes
Victim of relational aggression= How often did: a) a student threaten to not do things with you or not be your friend?, b) a student refuse to talk to you?, c) you get excluded from doing activities with a group of students?, d) students gossip or spread rumors about you?, 5) How often did students tell lies about you?, and 6) How often did a student encourage others not to talk to you?

Perpetration of relational aggression = How often did you: a) refuse to talk to another student, b) try to exclude a student from group activities, c) gossip or spread rumors about another student, d) tell lies about another student, and e) encourage others not to talk to another student?
Rusby, J. C. (2009). Relational Aggression and Victimization Assessment, Self-Report. Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon.
Revised from: Burns, GL., Taylor, TK., & Rusby, J. C. (2001b) Child and Adolescent Disruptive Behavior Inventory 2.3: Teacher Version. Pullman: Washington State University, Department of Psychology

Publications & Presentations

Rusby, J. C., Crowley, R., Sprague, J., & Biglan, A. (2009, May). Relational and overt aggression among peers in middle school settings: Behavior Correlates and school level predictors. In J. C. Rusby (Chair), Relational and physical aggression among peers in school settings: Associations and predictor of problem behaviors in middle childhood and early adolescence. Symposium conducted at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington, DC.

Light, J. M., Rusby, J. C., Nies, K. M. and Snijders, (2013), Antisocial Behavior Trajectories and Social Victimization Within and Between School Years in Early Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 322-336. DOI: 10.1111/jora.12055.


Psychometric Properties

Psychometrics for Relational Aggression and Victimization - Julie Rusby