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A Comparison of Three Different Scoring Methods for Self-Report Measures of Psychological Aggression in a Sample of College Females
Violence and Victims (2012)
  • Ryan C. Shorey
  • Hope Brasfield
  • Jeniimarie Febres
  • Tara L Cornelius
  • Gregory Lyal Stuart, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract
Psychological aggression in females' dating relationships has received increased empirical attention in recent years. However, researchers have used numerous measures of psychological aggression and various scoring methods with these measures, making it difficult to compare across studies on psychological aggression. In addition, research has yet to examine whether different scoring methods for psychological aggression measures may affect the psychometric properties of these instruments. This study examined three self-report measures of psychological aggression within a sample of female college students (N = 108), including their psychometric properties when scored using frequency, sum, and variety scores. Results showed that the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2) had variable internal consistency depending on the scoring method used and good validity; the Multidimensional Measure of Emotional Abuse (MMEA) and the Follingstad Psychological Aggression Scale (FPAS) both had good internal consistency and validity across scoring methods. Implications of these findings for the assessment of psychological aggression and future research are discussed. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.27.6.973
Keywords
  • psychological aggression,
  • dating violence,
  • assessment,
  • psychometrics,
  • reliability
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Ryan C. Shorey, Hope Brasfield, Jeniimarie Febres, Tara L Cornelius, et al.. "A Comparison of Three Different Scoring Methods for Self-Report Measures of Psychological Aggression in a Sample of College Females" Violence and Victims Vol. 27 Iss. 6 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gregory_stuart/14/