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ERIC Number: EJ914817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Decision to Leave Scale: Perceived Reasons to Stay in or Leave Violent Relationships
Hendy, Helen M.; Eggen, Doreen; Gustitus, Cheryl; McLeod, Kelli C.; Ng, Phillip
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v27 n2 p162-173 Jun 2003
The 30-item Decision to Leave Scale (DLS) was developed with 631 college women and 420 college women and women in shelters. Seven DLS subscales emerged for concerns in deciding to stay or leave: Fear of Loneliness, Child Care Needs, Financial Problems, Social Embarrassment, Poor Social Support, Fear of Harm, Hopes Things Change. Mean internal reliability was 0.73, mean test-retest reliability was 0.70. Discriminant validity was demonstrated by expected associations between DLS concerns and self-esteem, children, and violence. Criterion validity was demonstrated by greater DLS concerns for women in shelters than for college women. Women in violent relationships who decided to stay reported more Fear of Loneliness than women who decided to leave. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania