The Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating: Help Should Be Given Subscale

The Help Should Be Given Subscale is a 5-item measure that is part of the Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating scale. The measure captures the desirability of bystanders to take immediate, personal actions when women are attacked.


High Psychometric ScoreShort Measure

ITEMS:

1. If I heard a woman being attacked by her husband, it would be best that I do nothing.
2. If I heard a woman being attacked by her husband, I would call the police.*
3. Wife beating should be given a high priority as a social problem by government agencies.*
4. Social agencies should do more to help battered women.*
5. Women should be protected by law if their husbands beat them.*

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.

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

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

PRIMARY 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.

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: 7.00/8 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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