Development and validation of a questionnaire to measure health professionals' attitudes toward identification of female victimes of domestic violence

Huong, Nguyen Thi Thanh, Anderson, Debra J., Dunne, Michael P., & Huong, Nguyen Thanh (2015) Development and validation of a questionnaire to measure health professionals' attitudes toward identification of female victimes of domestic violence. Health, 7, pp. 596-605.

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Domestic violence against women is a major public health problem and violations of women’s human rights. Health professionals could play an important role in screening for the victims. From the evidence to date, it is unclear whether health professionals do play an active role in identification of the victims.


To develop a reliable and valid instrument to measure health professionals’ attitude to identifying female victims of domestic violence.


A primary questionnaire was constructed in accordance with established guidelines using the Theory of Planned Behaviour Ajzen (1975) to develop an instrument to measure health professionals’ attitudes in identifying female victim of DV. An expert panel was used to establish content validity. Focus groups amongst a group of health professionals (N = 5) of the target population were performed to confirm face validity. A pilot study (N = 30 nurses and doctors) was undertaken to elicit the feasibility and reliability of the questionnaire. The questionnaire was also administered a second time after one week to check the stability of the tests.


Feedbacks of the expert panel’s and group discussion confirmed that the questionnaire had the content and face validity. Cronbach’s alpha values for all the items were greater than 0.7. Strong correlations between the direct and indirect measures confirmed that the indirect measures were well constructed. High test-retest correlations confirmed that the measures were reliable in the sense of temporal stability.


This tool has the potential to be used by researchers in expanding the knowledge base in this important area.

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ID Code: 89167
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Questionnaire Development, Health Professionals
DOI: 10.4236/health.2015.75071
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2015 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2015 02:02
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 01:27

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