Conflict Tactics Scale

The Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS; Straus, 1979) is used to assess the presence of intimate partner physical aggression. It asks about the frequency of various behaviors in the past year, ranging from insulting or swearing at one's partner; pushing, grabbing, or shoving one's partner; to using a knife or gun. Because some individuals do not consider physical aggression to be a problem (even though it occurs in their family), it can be important to ask people directly and privately about the occurrence of physical aggression. The CTS is one means for doing this.

Many more well-validated instruments may be helpful in specific situations. We refer the reader to Sperry (2004) for more information.

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