Online Program

Psychometric investigation of a newly developed survey to measure black men's risk of non-physical dating violence victimization perpetrated by a girlfriend

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Brian Gilchrist, PhD, MPH, School of Health Professions, Long Island University Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Yvette Bodrick, MPH, Master of Health Science Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Constance Owens, MPHc, Public Health Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Kelly Guillet, Health Nutrition Science Program, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Felisha Tankard, BS, EMMES Corporation, Rockville, MD
Jason Davis, BA, Center for Employment Opportunities, New York, NY
Young urban African American men may be disproportionately affected by non-physical dating violence victimization. To date, there are no known reliable and valid measurement instruments that have been developed to assess the risk of non-physical dating violence victimization among this population. The goal of the current study is to examine the psychometric properties of a new survey developed to assess the risk and experience of non-physical dating violence victimization among urban Black heterosexual males. The study utilized qualitative and quantitative methods to develop a valid and reliable non-physical dating violence victimization risk assessment instrument for urban Black males ages 18-25 years old. Focus groups, expert panel review, and survey pre-testing (cognitive testing) was used to develop an initial set of items and street-intercept survey administration (n=101) was conducted among the sample at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York. A total of eight new scales (5 items – 11 items) were developed and demonstrated good reliability (α = .757-.901). A new survey has been developed to assess non-physical dating violence victimization among urban Black men that is perpetrated by their girlfriends. This survey may be administered to this population to examine the risk of this phenomenon and develop health promotion interventions to address this public health concern.

Learning Areas:

Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe three types of non-physical dating violence behaviors perpetrated by girlfriends toward their boyfriends. Evaluate the psychometric properties, including the reliability, of eight newly developed scales associated with non-physical dating violence victimization among urban Black males. Discuss the implications of using newly developed reliable scales to measure some of the factors associated with non-physical dating violence victimization among urban Black males.

Keyword(s): Family Violence, African American

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a recent graduate of a PhD program in which I was a research coordinator of a federally funded grant focusing on urban African American adolescents and young adults. I have over thirteen years experience working in various community health capacities in urban environments focusing primarily on urban black and latino males. I am the principal investigator for the project assessing men's experiences with dating violence victimization perpetrated by their girlfriend.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.