Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire

The Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (BPAQ) is a popular measure of aggression in adults. The BPAQ has 29 items, subdivided in four factors: physical aggression, verbal aggression, anger and hostility.


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Buss, A.H. and Perry, M.P. (1992). The Aggression Questionnaire. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63, 452-459.


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For each of the following 29 statements, rate how characteristic this is of you.

Extremely uncharacteristicSomewhat uncharacteristicNeither uncharacteristic nor characteristicSomewhat characteristicExtremely characteristic
* indicates that a question uses reversed scorings


1. Some of my friends think I am a hothead

2. If I have to resort to violence to protect my rights, I will

3. When people are especially nice to me, I wonder what they want

4. I tell my friends openly when I disagree with them

5. I have become so mad that I have broken things

6. I can’t help getting into arguments when people disagree with me

7. I wonder why sometimes I feel so bitter about things

8. Once in a while, I can’t control the urge to strike another person

9. I am an even-tempered person *

10. I am suspicious of overly friendly strangers

11. I have threatened people I know

12. I flare up quickly but get over it quickly

13. Given enough provocation, I may hit another person

14. When people annoy me, I may tell them what I think of them

15. I am sometimes eaten up with jealousy

16. I can think of no good reason for ever hitting a person *

17. At times I feel I have gotten a raw deal out of life

18. I have trouble controlling my temper

19. When frustrated, I let my irritation show

20. I sometimes feel that people are laughing at me behind my back

21. I often find myself disagreeing with people

22. If somebody hits me, I hit back

23. I sometimes feel like a powder keg ready to explode

24. Other people always seem to get the breaks

25. There are people who pushed me so far that we came to blows

26. I know that “friends” talk about me behind my back

27. My friends say that I’m somewhat argumentative

28. Sometimes I fly off the handle for no good reason

29. I get into fights a little more than the average person


Physical aggression

Verbal aggression