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NCJ Number: 236395 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing School Victimization in the United States, Guatemala, and Israel: Cross-Cultural Psychometric Analysis of the School Victimization Scale
Journal: Victims & Offenders  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:July-September 2011  Pages:290-305
Author(s): Jennifer Greif Green; Michael J. Furlong; Ron A. Astor; Rami Benbenishty; Evelyn Espinoza
Date Published: July 2011
Page Count: 16
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines cross-national measurement on school victimization.
Abstract: There is a need for cross-national estimates of school victimization prevalence, yet limited methodological research in this area. The current study evaluates the School Victimization Scale (SVS), administered in the U.S., Guatemala, and Israel (total N=9,722). SVS measurement equivalence was tested to compare subgroups within each country. Two SVS factors emerged in all countries reflecting higher-severity (weapon-related) and lower-severity (physical/verbal) victimization. Israeli data had poor scalar equivalence; Jewish and Arab students with the same SVS score endorsed different items. Findings illustrate the complexity of cross-national measurement of school victimization and the potential for misleading results when psychometric equivalence is ignored. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Crime in schools
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural analyses; Guatemala; Israel; Juvenile victims; United States of America
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