The Experience of Digital Abuse measure uses 3 questions from the MTV and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Digital Abuse Survey. It assesses if young people (ages 14-24) have been the victim or perpetrator of different forms of digital sexual abuse (e.g., sharing or receiving nude photos or videos) and who else was involved in the situation if anyone.
1. For each of the following, please say whether this has ever happened to you personally, or not.
Response Options:* This has happened to me This has not happened to me
2. If posted or sent naked pictures of self: To whom did you send naked pictures of yourself? Check all that apply.
Response Options:* My boyfriend or girlfriend Someone I dated or hooked up with A good friend My husband, wife, or significant other Someone I wasn’t to date or hook up with Someone I only knew online and had never met in person Someone I had a crush on Someone I just met Someone I know, not a good friend
3. If posted or sent naked pictures of self: As far as you know, did the person you shared the naked pictures you took of yourself share the pictures with anybody else without your permission, or don’t you think they did that?
Response Options:* They shared them with someone else I don’t think they shared them with anyone else Not sure
* Numeric codes for the Response Options above were not provided in the original report.
Tompson, T., Benz, J. & Agiesta, J. (2013). The digital abuse study: Experiences of teens and young adults. https://apnorc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AP-NORC-Center-and-MTV_Digital-Abuse-Study_FINAL.pdf
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