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Attitudes towards Violence in Adolescents and Youth Intimate Partner Relationships: Validation of the Spanish Version of the EAV

Educational Sciences Department, University of La Rioja, 26004 Logroño, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 566; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020566
Received: 5 December 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 8 January 2021 / Published: 12 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Health and Well-Being in Adolescence: Environment and Behavior)
The main purpose of the present study was to analyze the psychometric properties of the Attitudes Scale Towards Violence (Escala de Actitudes hacia la Violencia, EAV) in adolescents. The EAV is a questionnaire devoted to assess attitudes towards violence. Additionally, the relationship between EAV and violence manifestations and depressive symptoms was analyzed. The final sample comprised a total of 1248 students in a cross-sectional survey. The EAV, the Modified Conflict Tactics Scale (M-CTS), and the Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale (RADS) were used. The analysis of the internal structure of the EAV yielded a two-factor structure as the most adequate. The EAV scores showed measurement invariance across gender and age. The McDonald’s Omega was 0.862 and 0.872 for the two hypothesized factors. Furthermore, self-reported attitudes towards violence were associated with violence manifestations both as a victim and as a perpetrator and depressive symptoms. These results support that the EAV is a brief and easy tool to assess self-reported violence attitudes in intimate partner relationships in adolescents from the general population. The assessment of these attitudes, and its associations with violence and depressive manifestations, may help us to enhance the possibility of an early identification of adolescents potentially at risk for suffering violence as a victim or as a perpetrator. View Full-Text
Keywords: EAV; adolescents; psychometric properties; intimate partner violence; attitudes EAV; adolescents; psychometric properties; intimate partner violence; attitudes
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Ortuño-Sierra, J.; García, A.G.; Chocarro de Luis, E.; Pérez-Sáenz, J.; Aritio-Solana, R. Attitudes towards Violence in Adolescents and Youth Intimate Partner Relationships: Validation of the Spanish Version of the EAV. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 566. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020566

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Ortuño-Sierra J, García AG, Chocarro de Luis E, Pérez-Sáenz J, Aritio-Solana R. Attitudes towards Violence in Adolescents and Youth Intimate Partner Relationships: Validation of the Spanish Version of the EAV. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):566. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020566

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Ortuño-Sierra, Javier; García, Andrea G.; Chocarro de Luis, Edurne; Pérez-Sáenz, Julia; Aritio-Solana, Rebeca. 2021. "Attitudes towards Violence in Adolescents and Youth Intimate Partner Relationships: Validation of the Spanish Version of the EAV" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 2: 566. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020566

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