How to create a new variable from values in several variables that measure the same concept?

#1
I don't know if I'm being completely stupid (new to SPSS) but I'm trying to create a new variable from the values of 6 existing variables.

Essentially, I have 6 dichotomous variables all measuring positive and negative attitudes towards different groups of people. I want to create a new 'negative attitudes' variable which contains the 6 'negative attitudes' values as 6 categories in the new variable. Is this possible?!

Thanks in advance.
 
#3
You can use COMPUTE or COUNT. Both can be found in the "Transform" drop-down menue.

With kind regards

Karabiner
Thanks for your reply.

I don't know if I'm misunderstanding but I don't want to add the variables together to create a new variable. I want to use the six 'negative attitudes' values of the six variables to create six different categories in a new variable.
 

Karabiner

TS Contributor
#4
You have 6 yes/no variables and now want to have 1 variable with 6 levels?
That could only be done if each participant had exactely 1 "yes" response and
all other responses were "no". Otherwise, you would need more than six levels,
due to up to 2^6=128 possible combinations.

With kind regards

Karabiner