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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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PAIVA, Tamyres Tomaz et al. Validation of the Velicer Attitudes toward Violence Scale (VATVS). Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2021, vol.13, n.1, pp. 35-49. ISSN 2177-093X.

Violence is embedded within the social realm and defined as any behavior that damages the other. Attitudes toward violence play an important role in a wide variety of aggressive behaviors. The objective was to translate and validate the Velicer Attitudes toward Violence Scale in the Brazilian context. The research had 202 respondents. The analyses were performed in SPSS, version 21, and in RStudio with Lavaan package. The results, using the confirmatory analysis, show that the scale presents a structure with four factors (violence in the war, penal code, corporal punishment, and intimate violence) and presented convergent validity with the factors of aggression (verbal aggression, physical, hostility, and rage), and discriminating with the five personality traits (agreeableness, extraversion, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness to experiences). Given these data, the present scale presents good psychometric properties for use in the Brazilian context.

Keywords : scale; attitudes; violence; validity.

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