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.
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