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Proposed Project: Test of Four Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Measurement—New—National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is considered by many to be a serious problem that cuts across cultures, socioeconomic status and gender. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers IPV to be a “substantial public health problem for Americans that has serious consequences and costs for individuals, families, communities and society.” The past 20 years have witnessed an extraordinary growth in research on the prevalence, incidence, causes and effects of IPV. Various disciplines have contributed to the development of research on the subject including psychology, epidemiology, criminology and public health.

Still, there is a lack of reliable information on the extent and prevalence of IPV. Estimates vary widely regarding the magnitude of the problem. This variance is due in large part to the different contexts, instruments, and methods that are used to measure IPV. Thus, the CDC is engaged in work to improve the quality of data, and hence knowledge, about violence against women. Part of this process includes identifying the strengths and limitations of different scales used to measure IPV and to determine the appropriateness of each of the scales for use with individuals of different racial/ethnic backgrounds.

The purpose of this project is to administer and test the statistical properties of four scales, via telephone Start Printed Page 10251interviews, that measure both victimization from and perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV). The scales will be administered to a random sample of women ages 18-50, from five racial/ethnic backgrounds: African-American, American Indian, Asian, Caucasian and Hispanic.

The four scales are: the Sexual Experiences Survey(SES), the Conflict Tactics Scale 2 (CTS2), the Index of Spouse Abuse (ISA) and the Women's Experience with Battering (WEB) scale. The survey instrument will contain each of these scales and introductory and transitional text developed specifically for this study.

The overall benefit of this project is to increase knowledge about the reliability and validity of these scales, which have been used in previous studies. Ultimately, this knowledge will assist the CDC in establishing an on-going data collection system for monitoring IPV. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) intends to contract with an agency to conduct the survey. The estimated annualized burden is 2,035 hours.

Data collection instrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses/respondentAverage burden/respondent (in hours)
Pilot Test50142/60
Screening Interviews12,00013/60
IPV Measurement Scales2,000142/60
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Dated: February 25, 2003.

Thomas Bartenfeld,

Acting Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 03-4982 Filed 3-3-03; 8:45 am]

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