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Measuring Victimhood: Developing a Victim Self-Ascription Scale
Unformatted Document Text:  DRAFT – For permission to cite contact Andy Davies on ## email not listed ## Descriptive Statistics Scale scores for each of the measures of injustice, harm and external attribution were summed for each subject, transformed into z-scores and centered to minimize intercollinearity problems. Interaction terms between each were then computed. Secondary rights were measured as a simple count of the number of rights subjects considered they acquired as a result of their victimization from a possible five, with the average subject self-ascribing 3.86. Victim self-ascription was measured with a single item in the survey which asked whether subjects agreed with the statement ‘I consider myself a victim’. Answers were on a six-point scale and the average score was 3.48 –a position at the mid-point of the scale, between ‘slightly agree’ and ‘slightly disagree’ (see Table 2). - Insert Table 2 about here - Reported victimization experiences A total of 170 subjects filled out the victim perception measures. Of these, only 166 indicated the type of victimization that their responses referred to. However, a small number of subjects indicated that their victimization fell into more than one of the categories indicated on the screener. Therefore, a total of 174 responses were received describing the types of victimization experienced. The distribution of these is reported in Table 3. - Insert Table 3 about here - Controlling for methodological artifacts Before embarking on the regression analyses, the data were examined for the presence of three possible Page 15

Authors: Davies, Andrew.
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DRAFT – For permission to cite contact Andy Davies on ## email not listed ##
Descriptive Statistics
Scale scores for each of the measures of injustice, harm and external attribution were summed for each 
subject, transformed into z-scores and centered to minimize intercollinearity problems.  Interaction 
terms between each were then computed.  Secondary rights were measured as a simple count of the 
number of rights subjects considered they acquired as a result of their victimization from a possible 
five, with the average subject self-ascribing 3.86.  Victim self-ascription was measured with a single 
item in the survey which asked whether subjects agreed with the statement ‘I consider myself a victim’. 
Answers were on a six-point scale and the average score was 3.48 –a position at the mid-point of the 
scale, between ‘slightly agree’ and ‘slightly disagree’ (see Table 2).
- Insert Table 2 about here -
Reported victimization experiences
A total of 170 subjects filled out the victim perception measures.  Of these, only 166 indicated the type 
of victimization that their responses referred to.  However, a small number of subjects indicated that 
their victimization fell into more than one of the categories indicated on the screener.  Therefore, a total 
of 174 responses were received describing the types of victimization experienced.  The distribution of 
these is reported in Table 3.
- Insert Table 3 about here -
Controlling for methodological artifacts
Before embarking on the regression analyses, the data were examined for the presence of three possible 
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