What is it about?

The aim of this study is to contribute to the development, pilot testing, and initial validation of the Peace Attitude scale (PAS), and to determine its psychometric properties, validity, and reliability. Peace construct has been observed by many theoretical perspectives (e.g., positive psychology, social psychology, international relations) and each contribution emphasized complementary aspects leading to different approaches to measurement and sub-domain structure. Still, at present, no existing instrument provides a comprehensive assessment of these areas.

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Why is it important?

We think that a good measure of peace's attitude may help women and men in the world to improve it when it is low.


Although preliminary analyses have shown that the Peace Attitude Scale could have an adequate factor structure and reliability, this is only the first phase of the validation process. Future research should replicate these results using other psychological and personality variables, and proceed with further analysis such as the comparison between implicit and explicit measures of the peace construct. An appreciation of the processes underlying how individuals interact peacefully with the environment is important. For this reason, investigating cognitive, emotional and behavioral variables that may be related to individual differences in peace attitudes is critical. In the future it will also be necessary to verify instrument reliability and obtain normative data. Furthermore, it may be important to monitor the evolution of PAS during childhood and adolescence.

rosa angela fabio
Universita degli Studi di Messina

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This page is a summary of: Development and preliminary evaluation of the Peace Attitudes Scale., Peace and Conflict Journal of Peace Psychology, August 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/pac0000508.
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