Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale (Revised)

Author of Tool: 

Fincham, Cui, Braithwaite, & Pasley

Key references: 

Fincham, F.D., Cui, M., Braithwaite, S.R., & Pasley, K. (2008). Attitudes towards intimate partner violence in dating relationships. Psychological Assessment, 20, 260-269.Fincham, F. D., & Beach, S. R. (2002). Forgiveness in marriage: Implications for psychological aggression and constructive communication.Personal Relationships,9, 239–251. Vennum, A., & Fincham, F. D. (2011). Assessing decision making in young adult romantic relationships. Psychological Assessment, 23(3), 739-751.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Assesses attitudes towards intimate partner violence

Background: 

With 5.3 million incidents of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women each year, and 3.2 million against men, IPV is a substantial public health problem in the United States. This violence results in nearly 2.0 million injuries and 1,300 deaths annually (Centers for Disease Control, 2007). In addition to the human suffering caused and the untold intangible costs, it is estimated that the economic costs of IPV amount to $5.8 billion each year (Arias & Corso, 2005). This is why it is so important to further study this issue. The Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale (IPVAS) includes three factors found in the original study, abuse (e.g., “As long as my partner doesn’t hurt me, ‘threats’ are excused”), control (e.g., “It is okay for me to tell my partner not to talk to someone of the opposite sex”), and violence (e.g., “It would not be appropriate to ever kick, bite, or hit a partner with one’s fist”). All items were answered on a 5-point scale, ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Psychometrics: 

For psychometrics, see article : Fincham, F.D., Cui, M., Braithwaite, S.R., & Pasley, K. (2008). Attitudes towards intimate partner violence in dating relationships. Psychological Assessment, 20, 260-269.

Keywords: 

Web link to tool: 

Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale (Revised)

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 

https://dx.doi.org/10.13072/midss.1066