Further Psychometric Examination of the Intimate Partner Violence Internalized Stigma Scale (Ipvis): Examining Criterion-Related Validity

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Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is indiscriminate in relationship type, sexual or gender identity. When internalized by victims, IPV stereotypes contribute to self-stigma, which may be a barrier to help-seeking. However, the lack of psychometrically sound measurement of IPV self-stigma limits this area of research. The Intimate Partner Violence Internalized Stigma Scale (IPVIS) was developed to fill this gap, and this study provides further psychometric examination of the scale by examining concurrent and predictive validity and confirming the scale's factor structure. Participants (n = 320, Mage = 38.46, SD = 13.65) completed the IPVIS and measures of IPV, fear of negative evaluation, emotional support, social isolation, anxiety, depression, IPV attitudes, devaluation/discrimination, and secrecy. Factor analysis confirmed the unidimensionality of the IPVIS and correlations with convergent variables and the IPVIS’ ability to predict isolation (β = 0.24) and secrecy (β = 0.34), demonstrate construct and predictive validity, respectively. Findings were replicated with a smaller subsample of individuals who indicated emotional or physical partner abuse. The limitations of this study include the cross-sectional design and under-representation of minority groups. The key strength of the IPVIS is its demonstrated reliability, validity and suitability to examine IPV self-stigma for any individual or relationship type.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSSRN Electronic Journal
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 06 Feb 2024

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