Novaco Anger Scale

The items on this scale describe situations that are related to anger arousal. For each of the items please rate the degree to which the incident described would anger or provoke you by indicating the appropriate degree of annoyance. Try to imagine the incident actually happening to you, and then indicate the extent to which it would make you angry.

In the actual situations, the degree of anger that you would experience would depend on other factors that are not specified in the items (such as what kind of situation, how the act occurred, etc.). This scale is concerned with your general reactions, and so the details of the particular situations have been omitted. Please do your best to rate your responses in this general fashion. Please read each statement and place a check in the column next to the statement that indicates the degree to which you would feel angry or annoyed in each situation.

Very Little
Moderate Amount
Very Much

1. You unpack an appliance you have just bought, plug it in, and discover that it  doesn’t  work.

2. Being overcharged by a repairman who has you over a barrel.

3. Being singled out for correction, when the actions of others go unnoticed.

4. Getting your car stuck in the mud or snow.

5. You are talking to someone and they don’t answer you.

6. Someone pretends to be something they are not.

7. While you are struggling to carry four cups of coffee to your table at a cafeteria, someone bumps into you, spilling the coffee.

8. You have hung up your clothes, but someone knocks them to the floor and fails to pick them up.

9. You are hounded by a salesperson from the moment that you walk into the          store.

10. You have made arrangements to go somewhere with a person who backs out at the last minute and leaves you hanging.

11. Being joked about or teased.

12. Your car is stalled at a traffic light, and the guy behind you keeps blowing his horn.

13. You accidentally make the wrong kind of turn in a parking lot.  As you get out of your car someone yells at you, “Where did you learn to drive?”

14. Someone makes a mistake and blames it on you.

15. You are trying to concentrate, but a person near you is tapping their foot.

16. You lend someone an important book or tool, and they fail to return it.

17. You have had a busy day, and the person you live with starts to complain about how you forgot to do something that you agreed to do.

18. You are trying to discuss something important with your mate, partner or friend who isn’t giving you a chance to express your feelings.

19. You are in a discussion with someone who persists in arguing about a topic they knew very little about.

20. Someone sticks his or her nose into an argument between you and someone else.

21. You need to get somewhere quickly, but the car in front of you is going 25 mph in a 40 mph zone, and you can’t pass.

22. Stepping on a gob of chewing gum.

23. Being mocked by a small group of people as you pass them.

24. In a hurry to get somewhere, you tear a good pair of slacks on a sharp object.

25. You use your last 35 cents to make a phone call, but you are disconnected before you finish dialing and the money is lost.

Take the number of checks in each column multiplied by the the value at top of column. Add this value for each of the columns to get the total score.

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