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Coercive Control

Coercive Control is a 4-item measure used to ask women whether they needed permission from their partner to engage in daily activities. Activities assessed included going to work, going shopping, or to see family/friends. This measure is designed to assess the degree to which the respondent’s partner exercised control over their actions and mobility.

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Geographies Tested: Mexico

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adults

Items:

If you _______ would you have to ask permission from your partner, inform him, or do nothing?

1. work or wanted to work for pay
2. have to go shopping
3. have or want to visit your relatives
4. have or want to visit your friends

Response Options:
Required permission - 1
Does not require permission - 0

Scoring Procedures

Coercive control is based on the summation of responses to all four items (scaled measure in publication).

Original Citation

Villarreal, A. (2007). Women’s Employment Status, Coercive Control, and Intimate Partner Violence in Mexico. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69(2), 418-434. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2007.00374.x

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