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Development of the scale of economic abuse.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Volume
14
Issue
5
Pages
563–588
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1077801208315529
PMID: 18408173
Source
Medline

Abstract

Economic abuse is part of the pattern of behaviors used by batterers to maintain power and control over their partners. However, no measure of economic abuse exists. This study describes the development of the Scale of Economic Abuse, which was designed to fill this gap. Interviews were conducted with 103 survivors of domestic abuse, each of whom responded to measures of economic, physical, and psychological abuse as well as economic hardship. Results provide evidence for the reliability and validity of the scale. This study is an important first step toward understanding the extent and impact of economic abuse experienced by survivors.

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