Journal article

Development and validation of the Harm Concept Breadth Scale: Assessing individual differences in harm inflation

Melanie J McGrath, Nick Haslam

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


Three studies (Ns = 350, 301 & 341) examined the reliability, validity, and correlates of a new measure of harm inflation, the individual differences counterpart of 'concept creep'. The Harm Concept Breadth Scale (HCBS) assesses variability in the expansiveness of concepts of harm (i.e., bullying, mental disorder, prejudice, trauma), such that these concepts refer to a wider range of phenomena among people scoring high on the scale. Study 1 developed 66 vignettes representing potential instances of the four concepts, selected optimal subsets of 10 vignettes for each concept, and demonstrated satisfactory internal consistency of the subscales. Study 2 demonstrated that the HCBS had excellent ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP170104948 (NH), and an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship (MM). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.