Measuring violence-related attitudes, behaviors and influences among youths: a compendium of assessment tools

A collection of outcome measures relating to anti-social behaviour and young people

What is in it?

This compendium of tools is an extensive handbook of outcome measures – for example, assessments and rating scales – relating to violence and anti-social behaviour amongst young people.

The measures included within the compendium are divided into sections which cover a variety of assessments including attitude and belief, psychosocial and cognitive, and behavior and environmental.

Each section has a thorough description of the measures, including information on their reliability and validity, as well as guidance on how to use them.

How can it help me?

The measures are intended for use predominantly with young people aged 11-24 years although there are a select few measures aimed at younger children. Overall, this resource is an extremely thorough and comprehensive resource with a large amount of detail presented in an informative, as opposed to an overwhelming style.  It also includes a guide to how to use the compendium to get the most value from it.  

Additionally, it also includes a segment on why evaluation is important. This would be of advantage to practitioners who have not previously been involved with evaluative activities. Please note that some of the more well-known outcome measures are copyrighted and cannot be included in this handbook.

Who is it for?

The handbook suggests that its target audience is researchers and ‘prevention specialists’ who want to assess the prevalence and severity of violence among young people, in addition to evaluating programmes aimed at preventing it.

The compendium is valuable for those who are new to the field of youth violence prevention, as well as those who do not have much experience with using and choosing outcome measures. This resource would also be suitable for those who are knowledgeable about outcome measures but who are looking for alternative ones to use.

Where can I access it?

No registration is required to use this handbook. It is freely available to download as a PDF from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.