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The Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating: Wives Gain from Beatings Subscale

The Wives Gain from Beating Subscale is a 7-item measure that is part of the Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating scale. The measure captures respondents' belief that wives benefit from being beaten by their husbands.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults

Items:

1. Battered wives are responsible for their abuse because they intended it to happen.*
2. Wives who are battered are responsible for the abuse because they should have foreseen it would happen.*
3. Battered wives try to get their partners to beat them as a way to get attention to them.*
4. When a wife is beaten, it is caused by her behavior in the weeks before the battering.*
5. Most wives secretly desire to be beaten by their husbands.*
6. Wives try to get beaten be their husbands to get sympathy from others.*
7. Women feel pain and no pleasure when beaten up by their husbands.

Response Options:
Strongly Agree - 1
Agree - 2
Slightly Agree - 3
Neither Agree nor Disagree - 4
Slightly Disagree - 5
Disagree - 6
Strongly Disagree - 7

* The values for these items were reversed before adding the scores from individual items to get the overall score.

Scoring Procedures

Values for individual items were added to get a summative score.

Original Citation

Saunders, D. G., Lynch, A. B., Grayson, M., & Linz, D. (1987). The inventory of beliefs about wife beating: The construction and initial validation of a measure of beliefs and attitudes. Violence and Victims, 2(1), 39-57.

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