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The Acceptance of Dating Violence scale (ADV): Psychometric properties of the Spanish version

Liria Fernández-González, Esther Calvete and Izaskun Orue

Universidad de Deusto

Background: The main aim of this study was to analyse the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Acceptance of Dating Violence (ADV) scale, which assesses attitudes that justify the use of aggression in adolescents’ dating relationships. Method: A total of 1,579 high school students (49% girls) from Bizkaia (Spain), aged between 14 and 18 years (M = 15.79, SD = 1.16), completed this questionnaire along with the Irrational Beliefs Scale for Adolescents and the Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory. Results: The factor analyses suggested a one-factor structure, which fits data well for both girls and boys. Moreover, the ADV showed good internal consistency (α = .83) and was related to general justification of violence and dating violence (perpetration and victimization). Boys (compared to girls) and adolescents who had had a dating relationship in the past year (compared to those who had not) displayed a higher acceptance of dating violence. Conclusions: The ADV is a useful, brief and easily applicable instrument for the assessment of attitudes toward dating violence.

La escala Acceptance of Dating Violence (ADV): propiedades psicométricas de la versión española. Antecedentes: el objetivo de este estudio fue analizar las propiedades psicométricas de la versión española de la escala Acceptance of Dating Violence (ADV), la cual evalúa actitudes justificativas de la agresión en relaciones de noviazgo adolescentes. Método: participaron 1.579 estudiantes de instituto (49% mujeres) de Bizkaia, con edades entre los 14 y 18 años (M = 15,79, DT = 1,16), quienes completaron este cuestionario junto con la Irrational Beliefs Scale for Adolescents y el Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory. Resultados: los análisis factoriales apoyaron una estructura de un factor que mostró un buen ajuste a los datos para chicas y chicos. Además, la ADV mostró buena consistencia interna (α = .83) y correlaciones significativas con la justificación general de la violencia y la perpetración y victimización de violencia en el noviazgo. Los chicos (en comparación con las chicas) y los adolescentes que habían tenido una relación de noviazgo en el último año (en comparación con los que no) puntuaron más alto en aceptación de la violencia en el noviazgo. Conclusiones: la ADV es una escala útil, breve y de fácil aplicación para la evaluación de las actitudes hacia la violencia en el noviazgo.


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