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J Interpers Violence. 2013 Nov;28(16):3186-204. doi: 10.1177/0886260513496904. Epub 2013 Aug 14.

Measuring abusive behaviors: is economic abuse a unique form of abuse?

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  • 1Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.


Recent attention has been given by researchers to exploring economic abuse strategies used by abusers. However, little research has been conducted to understanding how to conceptualize economic abuse in relation to other forms of abuse. This article examines the factor structure of abusive items from the Scale of Economic Abuse--12 and the Abusive Behavior Inventory through confirmatory factor analyses using data collected with 457 female survivors of abuse. The findings provide evidence for conceptualizing economic abuse as a unique form of abuse moderately correlated with psychological, physical, and sexual forms of abuse.


Abusive Behavior Inventory; Scale of Economic Abuse; economic abuse; intimate partner violence

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