Assessing Intimate Partner Violence in South Asian Women Using the Index of Spouse Abuse

Lenore Fitzsimmons Soglin*, Maya Ragavan, Supriya Immaneni, David F. Soglin

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Abstract

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) affects 21-40% of South Asian (SA) women in the United States. No screening tool has been validated in this population. This study sought to determine the validity of the Index of Spouse Abuse (ISA) as an IPV screening tool and to determine the prevalence of IPV among a SA immigrant population. Thirty-one percent of women screened positive on one or both ISA scales. The ISA-P and ISA-NP items were highly reliable as was the correlation between the ISA-P and ISA-NP scores. The ISA is a valid and reliable IPV screening tool in the SA immigrant population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-711
Number of pages15
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume26
Issue number6-7
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2020

Keywords

  • Index of Spouse Abuse
  • South Asian immigrants
  • intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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