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AGDIA Aggression Assessment Method

E. Raab-Steiner


Measures the various aspects of aggression: triggering, manifestation, coping and stabilization.
The main area of application is clinical & health psychology as well as educational psychology. The inventory’s detailed assessment of aggression provides useful information, especially in connection with the planning and implementation of intervention measures.


Each item consists of four different statements, from which respondents must choose the one that applies least to them and the one that applies most (forced choice format). When all the items have been worked the program identifies the respondent’s predominant way of coping and the most prominent aspect of manifestation. With reference to this respondents then rate how much or how little various behavior patterns apply to them, choosing a position between two extreme scores.

Test forms

One test form.


The following main variables are scored:

  • Triggering
    • Learning theory: The individual’s readiness to be aggressive is regarded as rooted in learned behavior.
    • Drive theory: The individual’s readiness to be aggressive is regarded as rooted in innate biological drives.
  • Manifestation
    • Physiological: Subjective awareness of a physiological arousal pattern (e.g. racing heartbeat) underlying the act of aggression.
    • Emotional: Anger and rage towards an object, oneself or another person.
    • Behavioral: Directly observable behavior (e.g. verbal abuse).
    • Cognitive: Ruminating and looking for the causes of aggression.
  • Coping
    • Constructive: Using active and positive approaches (e.g. relaxation).
    • Destructive: Subjective conviction that one’s own resources are insufficient to cope with the challenges (negative approaches; e.g. drugs).
  • Stabilization
    • External: Persistent maintenance of aggression as a result of the increased attention from the social environment (morbid gain).
    • Internal: Individual processes (e.g. self-talk or imagining future events) cause the aggression to be maintained.
  • The level of aggressive manifestation and the level of existing coping strategies: the dominant factors are evaluated in quantitative terms.

Scoring elements

Working time
Confidence interval
Profile analysis
Test protocol
Item analysis protocol
Progress chart
Special diagrammatic representation of results
Personalized Word report
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Test type

Special Personality Tests

Test information

language-free item material
parallel test form
conforms to the Rasch-model
additional device required
high level of test security
wide norm spectrum
test form available for online presentation - open mode
links to CogniPlus
supervisor-supported testing




approx. 20-30 minutes


Norms for ages 16+.