Reliability reporting across studies using the buss durkee hostility inventory

Matt Vassar, William Hale

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Empirical research on anger and hostility has pervaded the academic literature for more than 50 years. Accurate measurement of anger/hostility and subsequent interpretation of results requires that the instruments yield strong psychometric properties. For consistent measurement, reliability estimates must be calculated with each administration, because changes in sample characteristics may alter the scale's ability to generate reliable scores. Therefore, the present study was designed to address reliability reporting practices for a widely used anger assessment, the Buss Durkee Hostility Inventory (BDHI). Of the 250 published articles reviewed, 11.2% calculated and presented reliability estimates for the data at hand, 6.8% cited estimates from a previous study, and 77.1% made no mention of score reliability. Mean alpha estimates of scores for BDHI subscales generally fell below acceptable standards. Additionally, no detectable pattern was found between reporting practices and publication year or journal prestige. Areas for future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-37
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • BDHI
  • Buss Durkee Hostility Inventory
  • Psychometric
  • Reliability


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