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NCJ Number: 156226 Find in a Library
Title: Scale for Measuring Propensity for Abusiveness
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:10  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:203-221
Author(s): D G Dutton
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 19
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The propensity for male abusiveness of a female partner in intimate relationships is assessed.
Abstract: This article describes a brief self-report assessment scale. The scale items are nonreactive, containing no explicit reference to abusive behavior. The scale has good psychometric properties and was validated against reports of abuse victimization by men's female partners using the Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory. The scale correlated with women's reports of male domination/isolation tactics and with emotional abuse scale scores. A discriminant function for high v. low abusiveness indicated that the Propensity for Abusiveness Scale (PAS) correctly classified the majority of men into high or low abusiveness. Social desirability corrections do not alter significantly the pattern of correlations of the PAS with criterion variables. A cross-validation of the PAS scale supported the initial results. The PAS scale also correlates significantly with physical abuse. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; Statistics
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