Developing an index to measure violence against women for comparative studies between Mexico and the United States

Roberto Castro, Lorena Garcia, Agustín Ruíz, Corinne Peek-Asa

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Abstract

Very few scales exist that measure violence against women and allow for comparative studies between Mexico and the United States. In this article, we present the results of a validation exercise for just such a scale. The scale was designed using, as a basis, some of the items in the Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS) and the Index of Spouse Abuse (ISA), in an attempt to differentiate among three types of violence: physical, psychological, and sexual. One hundred and twenty women from diverse social groups in each country responded to a questionnaire in which they were asked to consider the severity of each item on a scale from 1 to 100. Factorial analysis confirms that women assign a different average weight to each type of violence. An analysis of variance test confirms that the different groups of women interviewed evaluated each type of violence in a consistent manner. Very reasonable alpha coefficients were obtained. The paper concludes by demonstrating with an example the use of the scale in prediction modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006

Keywords

  • Abuse scale
  • Comparative research
  • Internal consistency
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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