Attitudinal Change in Participants of Partner Assault Response (PAR) Programs: A Pilot Project

APPENDIX C: Final Version of the Abuse-Related Attitudes Assessment (ARAA)

Abuse-Related Attitudes Assessment (ARAA)

Indicate whether these statements are:

  • Completely True
  • Mostly True
  • Mostly False
  • Completely False
  1. I need to be the one to end my use of violence. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  2. My partner exaggerates negative things I have done in our relationship.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  3. Most of the time when I am angry at my partner, it is because she has "pushed my buttons."
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  4. My partner often brings up conflicts that have already been resolved.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  5. My behavior is not nearly as bad as my partner makes it sound.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  6. When men are abusive they do it to gain control over their partners. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  7. Most women fail to appreciate fully all that men do for them.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  8. I would much rather be somewhere else than in a group.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  9. I am sometimes annoyed when my partner asks favours of me.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  10. I have never expected my partner to go out of her way to make sure that my needs were met. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  11. I expect that counsellors here will act as if they are better than their clients.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  12. My partner is trying to manipulate the system to "get" me.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  13. I have sometimes said or done things in anger with my partner that I wish I could take back.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  14. If I heard a woman being attacked by her husband, I would call the police. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  15. The only purpose of this program is to blame men for their problems.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  16. It would do some wives some good to be put in their place by their husbands.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  17. I have never deliberately said something to hurt my partner's feelings. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  18. Women are generally not as smart as men.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  19. I expect counsellors here are going to act as though my problems are important to him/her.(Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  20. There is no justification for my abuse or violence. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  21. If I don't defend myself, my partner will walk all over me.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  22. If a husband beats his wife, it is most likely due to her mistaken behavior.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  23. My partner is as much to blame for what I do during conflicts as I am.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  24. diskrimination against women is no longer a problem in Canada.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  25. My partner needs to learn to respect me and listen to me.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  26. My abusive and hurtful behaviours have had lasting effects on my partner. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  27. I don't think I can trust others in this group treatment program.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  28. If I had a different partner, I would not behave in hurtful and controlling ways.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  29. Women are sweet until they have you, then their true self shows.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  30. A mentally healthy person is a person who pretty much keeps his feelings and emotions to himself.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  31. I have taken advantage of my partner or our relationship at least once in the past.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  32. I have sometimes wondered if things would be better if I was in a different relationship.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  33. Women should worry less about their rights and more about becoming good wives and mothers.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  34. If other people know I'm in a treatment program, they'll see me as a failure.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  35. When a woman is lying she deserves to be put in her place.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  36. I think counsellors here will accept me as an individual. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  37. I have never been annoyed when my partner expressed ideas very different from my own. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  38. I can expect my partner to take a long time to trust me again. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  39. I think that that my counsellor here will not understand what I am trying to accomplish.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  40. There is nothing I would like to change about the way I behave toward my partner. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  41. When people have been drinking, they cannot be held responsible for their actions.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  42. Wife-beating should be given a high priority as a social problem by government agencies. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  43. I expect that counsellors here can be trusted. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  44. I have only ever been abusive towards my partner to defend myself against serious harm.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  45. I have never said or done anything to my partner that I regret. (Reverse Scored).
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  46. If I were to talk about my problems with other people, they would think that I'm crazy or emotionally unstable.
    • Completely True
    • Mostly True
    • Mostly False
    • Completely False
  47. I am 100% responsible for my feelings and behaviour. (Reverse Scored).
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