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.

Short Measure

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

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

Mexico

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

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

PRIMARY 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

Pyschometric 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

MEDIUM
Total Score: 4.50/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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