The Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating: Offender Is Responsible Subscale

The Offender Is Responsible Subscale is a 4-item measure that is part of the Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating scale. The measure focuses on the culpability of the abuser.


High Psychometric ScoreShort Measure

ITEMS:

1. The best way to deal with wife beating is to arrest the husband.*
2. Husbands who batter are responsible for the abuse because they intended to do it.*
3. Cases of wife beating are the fault of the husband.*
4. Husbands who batter should be responsible for the abuse because they should have foreseen that it would happen.*

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: 6.00/8 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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