The Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating: Offender Should Be Punished Subscale

The Offender Should Be Punished Subscale is a 5-item measure that is part of the Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating scale. The measure captures respondents' attitudes towards punishing perpetrators of violence against women.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults


1. If a wife is beaten by her husband, she should divorce him immediately.*
2. The best way to deal with wife beating is to arrest the husband.*
3. A wife should move out of the house if her husband beats her.*
4. Husbands who batter are responsible for the abuse because they intended to do it.*

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

5. How long should a man who has beaten his wife spend in prison or jail?

Response Options:
0, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, Don't Know

* 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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