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NCJ Number: 212030 Find in a Library
Title: Validation of the Subtle and Overt Psychological Abuse Scale: An Examination of Construct Validity
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:20  Issue:4  Dated:August 2005  Pages:407-416
Author(s): Shallimar Jones M.A.; William S. Davidson II, Ph.D.; G. Anne Bogat Ph.D.; Alytia Levendosky Ph.D.; Alexander von Eye Ph.D.
Date Published: August 2005
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluated the construct validity of the Subtle and Overt Scale of Psychological Abuse (SOSPS) measure.
Abstract: Over the past decades, the study of women’s experiences of psychological abuse has gained increased attention. The Subtle and Overt Scale of Psychological Abuse (SOSPS) is a measure designed in 1999 to examine previously unevaluated forms of psychological abuse. By including both overt and subtle forms of abuse, this scale assesses previously unexamined dimensions of psychological abuse. The scale was originally divided into seven subscales: overt--dominance, indifference, monitoring, and discrediting; and subtle--undermining, discounting, and isolating. This current study was designed to evaluate the construct validity of the SOSPS measure. Exploring the construct validity of contemporary measures of psychological abuse aids in determining the best approaches to measuring this construct and specifying the nomological network to which it is related. Participants for this study consisted of 172 women involved in a longitudinal study examining the impact of domestic violence on new mothers. The overall results indicate that psychological abuse as measured by the SOSPS items may represent a unidimensional rather than a multidimensional assessment of psychological abuse. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Battered woman syndrome; Domestic assault; Effectiveness; Evaluation measures; Psychological evaluation; Testing and measurement
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