Faculty Publications

Title

Preliminary Examination of a Cartoon-Based Hostile Attributional Bias Measure for Urban African American Boys

Document Type

Article

Keywords

African American boys, Hostile attributional bias, Measurement development, Participatory action research, Relational aggression

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American Journal of Community Psychology

Volume

49

Issue

3-4

First Page

332

Last Page

346

Abstract

The current study illustrates how researchers developed and validated a cartoon-based adaptation of a written hostile attributional bias measure for a sample of urban, low-income, African American boys. A series of studies were conducted to develop cartoon illustrations to accompany a standard written hostile attributional bias vignette measure (Study 1), to determine initial psychometric properties (Study 2) and acceptability (Study 3), and to conduct a test-retest reliability trial of the adapted measure in a separate sample (Study 4). These studies utilize a participatory action research approach to measurement design and adaptation, and suggest that collaborations between researchers and key school stakeholders can lead to measures that are psychometrically strong, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive. In addition, the cartoon-based hostile attributional bias measure appears to have promise as an assessment and/or outcome measure for aggression and bullying prevention programs conducted with urban African American boys. © 2011 Society for Community Research and Action.

Original Publication Date

6-1-2012

DOI of published version

10.1007/s10464-011-9461-y

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