Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 203–228 | Cite as

The measure of wife abuse: Steps toward the development of a comprehensive assessment technique

  • Frances A. Rodenburg
  • John W. Fantuzzo


The lack of an adequate assessment tool for wife abuse has hindered empirical research. The Measure of Wife Abuse (MWA) was developed to improve on previously developed instruments, mainly by using empirical methods of construction, which has enabled the MWA to assess a broader range of wife abuse behaviors. The purpose of this study was to determine the factor structure of the MWA items, and to assess its reliability and validity. Confirmatory multiple group factor analyses of the MWA responses of 164 abused women yielded four factors: Physical, Sexual, Psychological, and Verbal Abuse. The MWA was found to possess adequate levels of both reliability, estimated from its internal consistency, and concurrent validity, with the Conflict Tactics Scales as the criterion measure.

Key words

wife abuse assessment factor analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frances A. Rodenburg
    • 1
  • John W. Fantuzzo
    • 2
  1. 1.Fuller Graduate School of PsychologyPasedena
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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