Interpersonal Behavior Survey™ (IBS™)

By Paul A. Mauger, PhD, David R. Adkinson, MA, et al.

Interpersonal Behavior Survey™ (IBS™)

Benefits

Distinguishes between assertive and aggressive behaviors, identifying excesses and deficits in each

Ages

Adolescents and adults

Admin Time

45 minutes for Full Form; 30 minutes for Short Form; 10 minutes for Screening Form (composed of first 38 items on Short Form)

Format

Self-report

Norms

Sex-specific for a general sample of 800, with separate for adolescents, college students, and African Americans

Publish Date

1980

Qualifications

Level C required.
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Translation

Available in Mandarin: Traditional Characters

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Includes 5 Reusable Administration Booklets; 50 Profile Forms; 50 Answer Sheets; Set of Scoring Keys; Manual; 25 AutoScore Forms for the Short Form IBS

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Interpersonal Behavior Survey™ (IBS™)

Interpersonal Behavior Survey™ (IBS™)

BY PAUL A. MAUGER, PHD, DAVID R. ADKINSON, MA, SUZANNE K. ZOSS, PHD, GREGORY FIRESTONE, PHD, AND J. DAVID HOOK, MA

The IBS identifies interaction styles that may lead to conflict at home, on the job, or in school. Used in individual and group therapy, assertiveness training, marriage and family counseling, and career guidance, the IBS measures various dimensions of assertive and aggressive behavior on the following scales:

  • General Aggressiveness
  • Conflict Avoidance
  • Frankness 
  • Hostile Stance
  • Dependency
  • Praise (Giving/Receiving)
  • Expression of Anger
  • Shyness
  • Requesting Help
  • Disregard for Rights
  • General Assertiveness
  • Refusing Demands
  • Verbal Aggressiveness
  • Self-Confidence
  • Denial
  • Physical Aggressiveness
  • Initiating Assertiveness 
  • Infrequency 
  • Passive Aggressiveness 
  • Defending Assertiveness 
  • Impression Management 

Written at a sixth-grade reading level, the IBS is commonly used in marriage and family counseling to identify interaction styles that lead to conflict. In individual or group therapy, it is used to help people distinguish assertive from aggressive behavior. It is an excellent pre- and post treatment measure because the items, written in the present tense, are highly sensitive to change.

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