Validation of a measure of intimate partner abuse with couples participating in divorce mediation

Connie J.A. Beck, J. Michael Menke, Karey O.Hara Brewster, Aurelio José Figueredo

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Critics of court mandated divorce mediation have raised awareness of the need for screening measures to assess intimate partner abuse. This study validates a new instrument that is a revised version of the Partner Abuse Scales developed by Walter Hudson in the 1990s. The Relationship Behavior Rating Scale (RBRS) correlates highly with the original scales and subscales developed from the original and RBRS items have equally high reliability. The new scale is a reliable mea-sure for intimate partner abuse in divorce mediation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-308
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009



  • Divorce
  • Intimate partner abuse
  • Measurement
  • Mediation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Law

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