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  NCJ Number: NCJ 240602     Find in a Library
  Title: Factor Structures for Aggression and Victimization Among Women Who Used Aggression Against Male Partners
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  Author(s): Suzanne C. Swan ; Laura J. Gambone ; M. Lee Van Horn ; David L. Snow ; Tami P. Sullivan
  Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:9  Issue:18  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1045 to 1066
  Date Published: 09/2012
  Page Count: 22
  Annotation: This study provides a first step in conceptualizing the measurement of women’s aggression by examining how well three widely used measures (i.e., the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS), the Sexual Experiences Survey [SES], and the Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory [PMWI]) perform in assessing women’s perpetration of and victimization by aggression in their intimate relationships with men.
  Abstract: Theories and measures of women’s aggression in intimate relationships are only beginning to be developed. This study provides a first step in conceptualizing the measurement of women’s aggression by examining how well three widely used measures (i.e., the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS), the Sexual Experiences Survey [SES], and the Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory [PMWI]) perform in assessing women’s perpetration of and victimization by aggression in their intimate relationships with men. These constructs were examined in a diverse sample of 412 African-American, Latina, and White women who had all recently used physical aggression against a male intimate partner. The factor structures and psychometric properties of perpetration and victimization models using these measures were compared. Results indicate that the factor structure of women’s perpetration differs from that of women’s victimization in theoretically meaningful ways. In the victimization model, all factors performed well in contributing to the measurement of the latent victimization construct. In contrast, the perpetration model performed well in assessing women’s physical and psychological aggression but performed poorly in assessing women’s sexual aggression, coercive control, and jealous monitoring. Findings suggest that the power and control model of intimate partner violence (IPV) may apply well to women’s victimization but not as well to their perpetration of violence. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
  Main Term(s): Victims of violence
  Index Term(s): Female offenders ; Aggression ; Abused women ; Violent females ; NIJ grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institutes of Health
US Dept of Health, and Human Services
United States of America

University of South Carolina
United States of America

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2001-WT-BX-0502;K23 DA019561
  Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
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