Comprehensive Assessment of Sadistic Tendencies (CAST-12)
The CAST-12 is a brief (12-item) measure of sadistic personality. It contains subscales for three distinct variants: Direct verbal sadism, direct physical sadism, and vicarious sadism.
Rate your level of agreement or disagreement with each statement using a 5-point scale:
1 = Strongly Disagree
2 = Disagree
3 = Neither Agree Nor Disagree
4 = Agree
5 = Strongly Agree
- I was purposely mean to some people in high school.
- I enjoy making jokes at the expense of others.
- I have purposely tricked someone and laughed when they looked foolish.
- Perhaps I shouldn’t have, but I never got tired of mocking certain classmates.
- I love to watch YouTube clips of people fighting.
- In video games, I like the realistic blood spurts.
- I enjoy watching cage fighting (or MMA), where there is no escape.
- I sometimes replay my favorite scenes from gory slasher films.
- I enjoy physically hurting people.
- I enjoy tormenting people.
- I have the right to push certain people around.
- I have dominated others using fear.
CAST-12 total (α = .87) = mean of items 1–12.
Direct verbal sadism (α = .77) = mean of items 1–4.
Vicarious sadism (α = .80) = mean of items 5–8.
Direct physical sadism (α = .79) = mean of items 9–12.
Note. Alphas were obtained using data collected from a large undergraduate sample (N = 1134).
Buckels, E. E. (2022). Multifaceted assessment of sadistic tendencies. In P. K. Jonason (Ed.), Shining light on the dark side of personality: Measurement properties and theoretical advances. Hogrefe.