Analysis of the psychometric properties of the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (AQ) in Colombian adolescents

José Julián Javela, Marly Johana Bahamón, Diego Rivera, Rodrigo E. González-Reyes

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The psychometric properties of the Buss and Perry AQ questionnaire of aggression, one of the most used questionnaires worldwide to measure aggressive behavior, were examined in a sample of adolescents (n=779 participants) from the cities of Barranquilla (n= 410) and Pereira (n= 369), in Colombia. In total, 752 participants (Mean age of 15.3 years, SD = 1.9; 57,4%. women and 42,6 men) completed the Buss and Perry AQ questionnaire. Subsequently, the univariate and multivariate normality of the items was evaluated, and a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was performed on the data set. Likewise, the fit of two models was evaluated, a multidimensional a priori model, and a model with a second-order factor (aggressive behavior), which could explain the variance of the items. Finally, the reliability indices of the questionnaire were identified. The results showed acceptable goodness-of-fit indices (X2/df = 2.29, CFI = .977, IFI = .977, GFI = .984, AGFI = .979, RNI = .984, NFI = .972, RMSEA of .047 [90% CI = .016 - .036] and SRMR = .059) for the second-order one-factor model, as well as acceptable reliability indices (α= .55 - .88). In conclusion, these results show that the scale can be applicable to Colombian preadolescents and adolescents, but warn of the limitations of its use for the non-aggression subscale. Nevertheless, the application of the scale in its original version is suggested to determine its psychometric behavior.

Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
PublicaciónRevista de Psicologia Clinica con Ninos y Adolescentes
EstadoPublicada - sep. 2023

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Pediatría, perinaltología y salud infantil
  • Psicología experimental y cognitiva
  • Psicología educativa y evolutiva
  • Psicología clínica
  • Psiquiatría y salud mental


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