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