Development of a Dating Violence Assessment Tool for Late Adolescence Across Three Countries: The Violence in Adolescents’ Dating Relationships Inventory (VADRI)

  • Alazne Aizpitarte, Itziar Alonso-Arbiol, Fons J. R. Van de Vijver, Maria Cristina Perdomo, J. Andres Galvez-Sobral, Eric Garcia-Lopez
  • Journal of Interpersonal Violence, July 2015, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0886260515593543

Assessing violence and conflict in adolescents' romantic relationships

What is it about?

This article is about the creation and validation of an assessment tool to assess teen dating violence (VADRI, Violence in Adolescents' Dating Relationships Inventory). We carried out more 100 interviews with teenagers of three different countries in order to get information about the romantic relationships at their ages (16-20years old) and the violence that can happen in that relationships. After the interviews, we created the indicators and validate the scale with the participation of three Spanish-speaking countries (Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain). You will find the English version of the VADRI scale in the Appendix.

Why is it important?

Most of the assessment tools that assess dating violence are originally created using married or cohabiting couples, and therefore, are not developmentally sensitive. Also, this scale overcomes some limitations with adding some of the subtlest behaviors which mostly characterized dating violence (controlling behaviors and isolation attempts), with the inclusion of the new technologies. Thus, apart from being developmentally sensitive is also generation-specific.


University of California, Davis & University of the Basque Country

To me, VADRI is an assessment tool accurately conceptualizes teen dating violence concept for several reasons: a) the indicators derived from a qualitative approach (from the interviews conducted with the target population); b) it is developmentally-sensitive; c) it is generation-specific (with the inclusion of the new technologies). It can be useful for researchers, school professionals, educators, practitioners and therapist working with teenagers. The information that the VADRI provides can be very useful for both prevention and intervention purposes.

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