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J Interpers Violence. 2013 Aug;28(12):2557-80. doi: 10.1177/0886260513479029. Epub 2013 Mar 18.

Validity and reliability of the Malay version of WHO Women's Health and Life Experiences Questionnaire.

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School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Malaysia. fizah@kb.usm.my

Abstract

The Women's Health and Life Experiences questionnaire measures the prevalence, health implications, and risk factors for domestic violence. This cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the validity and reliability of the Malay version of World Health Organization (WHO) Women's Health and Life Experiences Questionnaire. Construct validity and reliability assessment of the Malay version of the questionnaire was done on 20 specific items that measure four types of intimate partner violence (IPV) act; controlling behaviors (CB), emotional violence (EV), physical violence (PV), and sexual violence (SV), which were considered as the domains of interest. Face-to-face interviewing method was used for data collection. A total of 922 women completed the interviews. The results showed that exploratory factor analysis of four factors with eigenvalues above 1 accounted for 63.83% of the variance. Exploratory factor analysis revealed that all items loaded above 0.40 and the majority of items loaded on factors that were generally consistent with the proposed construct. The internal consistency reliability was good. The Cronbach's α values ranged from 0.767 to 0.858 across domains. The Malay version of WHO Women's Health and Life Experiences Questionnaire is a valid and reliable measure of women's health and experiences of IPV in Malaysia.

KEYWORDS:

Malay; Women’s Health and Life Experiences Questionnaire; reliability; validity

PMID:
23508088
DOI:
10.1177/0886260513479029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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