The Offender Is Responsible Subscale is a 4-item measure that is part of the Inventory of Beliefs about Wife Beating scale. The measure focuses on the culpability of the abuser.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adults
1. The best way to deal with wife beating is to arrest the husband.*
2. Husbands who batter are responsible for the abuse because they intended to do it.*
3. Cases of wife beating are the fault of the husband.*
4. Husbands who batter should be responsible for the abuse because they should have foreseen that it would happen.*
Strongly Agree - 1
Agree - 2
Slightly Agree - 3
Neither Agree nor Disagree - 4
Slightly Disagree - 5
Disagree - 6
Strongly Disagree - 7
* The values for these items were reversed before adding the scores from individual items to get the overall score.
Values for individual items were added to get a summative score.
Saunders, D. G., Lynch, A. B., Grayson, M., & Linz, D. (1987). The inventory of beliefs about wife beating: The construction and initial validation of a measure of beliefs and attitudes. Violence and Victims, 2(1), 39-57.
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