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.


High Psychometric ScoreShort Measure

ITEMS:

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.

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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