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Measuring Abusive Behaviors: Is Economic Abuse a Unique Form of Abuse?

NCJ Number
245752
Journal
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 28 Issue: 16 Dated: November 2013 Pages: 3186-3204
Author(s)
Amanda M. Stylianou; Judy L. Postmus; Sarah McMahon
Date Published
November 2013
Length
17 pages
Annotation

Recent attention has been given by researchers to exploring economic abuse strategies used by abusers.

Abstract

Recent attention has been given by researchers to exploring economic abuse strategies used by abusers. However, little research has been conducted to understanding how to conceptualize economic abuse in relation to other forms of abuse. This article examines the factor structure of abusive items from the Scale of Economic Abuse-12 and the Abusive Behavior Inventory through confirmatory factor analyses using data collected with 457 female survivors of abuse. The findings provide evidence for conceptualizing economic abuse as a unique form of abuse moderately correlated with psychological, physical, and sexual forms of abuse. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage.