Adolescent Stories


The Adolescent Stories measure is a social-cognitive interview (CPPRG, 1999). It assesses the adolescent's hostile, or benign attributional tendencies, as well as brings them to express their feelings (angry, worried), how they want to be treated when presented with an unfair situation, and what response they would give to the person who put them in this unfair situation. The adolescents are presented with six hypothetical situations, where they could find themselves at a disadvantage, or been treated unfairly. They are then asked to rate how likely they would be to respond in a hostile, or benign manner (on a 5-point scale, from not at all likely to very likely), whether they would feel angry, or worried (on a 5-point scale, from not at all to very), which way they would like people to treat them (liked, respected) and finally, to choose between an aggressive and a competent response to the situation.

Because of the way the interview is designed, conceptually summary scores were computed across stories. Items measure hostile attributions, benign attributions, angry feeling and worried feeling. Items also measure how much the respondent wants to be liked, or respected, and gives a competent or an aggressive solution to the problem he/she is presented with. Four summary scores for hostile attributions, benign attributions, feeling angry and feeling worried were computed by averaging the corresponding items across stories. Scores for percentages of wanting to be liked, wanting to be respected, competent responses and aggressive responses were computed across stories as well.

It is recommended that analysts use the summary scores across stories described above. Caution should be observed with the percentage of aggressive responses as it is skewed towards low values.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CyAP
Scored Dataset Name: ASTySCc


Peer Relationships, Hostility, Attitudes, Attributions, Worry, Interpersonal Competence, Anger.