Validation of the impulsive/premeditated aggression scale in college students

Sara C. Haden, Angela Scarpa, Matthew S. Stanford

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Impulsive (IA) and premeditated (PM) aggression reflect functions of aggressive behavior that may have differential correlates and clinical utility. The purpose of this study was to extend the use of the Impulsive/Premeditated Aggression Scale (IPAS) for characterizing aggression in a college student sample. Three hundred forty students completed the IPAS, Buss and Perry's (1992) Aggression Questionnaire (AQ), and measures of childhood maltreatment and negative life events. Principal components analyses supported reliable IA and PM factors. The degree of IA was significantly higher than that of PM. Convergent validity for the IA scale was supported with significant relationships with certain AQ scales. Implications for studying aggressive functions in this age group may inform violence prevention and treatment on college campuses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-373
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 17 2008


  • Aggression Questionnaire
  • College students
  • Impulsive/Premeditated aggression Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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