Assessment of Family Violence: A Handbook for Researchers by Eva L. Feindler

By Eva L. Feindler

Ny Univ., Brookeville, new york. offers clinicians and researchers with sensible details on dozens of evaluation instruments. concentrating on mom and dad, young ones, and households, textual content includes pattern goods, scoring details, software strengths and weaknesses, contacts, references, and an total review. Written in expanded-outline layout.

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Jackson, 1970). Another way to develop a scale empirically is to 39 40 lSSUES IN THE ASSESSMENT OF FAMILY VIOLENCE retain items (or assign items to particular scales) based on their ability to discriminate between groups that are differentiated on the construct of interest, a procedure known as empirical criterion Keying (Golden, Sawicki, & Franzen, 1984). Many scale developers combine both strategies, rationally generating items and then arriving at final scales based on empirical methodology.

31). Conclusions The problems identified regarding issues of studying culture affect family violence assessment pervasively. Few of the established measures in the field contain norms for diverse groups or adequately reflect diversity in their development samples. Rarely do investigators conduct comparative studies in an attempt to obtain reliability and validity data crossculturally. Seldom are standardized measures available in other languages, facilitating use with diverse populations. To improve our sensitivity to issues of cultural diversity, researchers must acquaint themselves with and begin to tackle the many problems outlined herein.

Therefore, when working with these populations one must try to take cultural and socioeconomic variables into account when interpreting these instruments. Because of the many limitations of assessments designed for family violence, we include many wellresearched measurement devices not developed for family violence populations but that show promise for use in this field. Ethical, Diagnostic, and legal Issues Regardless of the assessment approach or target, a variety of ethical, diagnostic, and legal issues arise when conducting assessments in family violence.

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