Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale (IPVAS)—Revised

Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale (IPVAS)—Revised is a 17-item measure of attitudes of college students towards intimate partner violence. This scale is based on the Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scales (IPVAS) developed by Smith et al. (2005).


High Psychometric Score

ITEMS:

Abuse
1. As long as my partner doesn’t hurt me, “threats” are excused.
2. During a heated argument, it is okay for me to bring up something from my partner’s past to hurt him or her.
3. I think it helps our relationship for me to make my partner jealous.
4. I don’t mind my partner doing something just to make me jealous.
5. During a heated argument, it is okay for me to say something just to hurt my partner on purpose.
6. It is no big deal if my partner insults me in front of others.
7. It is okay for me to accept blame for my partner doing bad things.
8. It is okay for me to blame my partner when I do bad things.

Violence
9. It would never be appropriate to hit or try to hit one’s partner with an object.
10. It would not be appropriate to ever kick, bite, or hit a partner with one's fist.
11. Threatening a partner with a knife or gun is never appropriate.
12. I think it is wrong to ever damage anything that belongs to a partner.

Control
13. I would never try to keep my partner from doing things with other people.
14. I would be flattered if my partner told me not to talk to someone of the other sex.
15. I would not stay with a partner who tried to keep me from doing things with other people.
16. It is okay for me to tell my partner not to talk to someone of the opposite sex.
17. I would not like for my partner to ask me what I did every minute of the day.

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:

Scoring Procedures:

Item scores are weighted and then summed to create the three subscale scores.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Fincham, F. D., Cui, M., Braithwaite, S., & Pasley, K. (2008). Attitudes toward intimate partner violence in dating relationships. Psychological Assessment, 20(3), 260-269. https://doi.org/10.1037/1040-3590.20.3.260

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

HIGH
Total Score: 5.50/8 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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