Brian Jory, PhD, Education and Human Sciences, Berry College
THE INTIMATE JUSTICE SCALE: AN INSTRUMENT TO SCREEN FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE AND PHYSICAL VIOLENCE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 29–44, January 2004
How to Cite
Jory, B. (2004), THE INTIMATE JUSTICE SCALE: AN INSTRUMENT TO SCREEN FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE AND PHYSICAL VIOLENCE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 30: 29–44. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2004.tb01220.x
The author is indebted to Debra Anderson, Edward Beck, Victor Bissonette, Kevin Green, KathrynKlock, David Meile, Yan Xia, and other who contributed to this study.
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2007
This article describes development of the Intimate Justice Scale (IJS) and reports on a clinical study of the validity, reliability, and clinical usefulness of the instrument. Rather than measuring specific acts of abuse, the IJS measures ethical dynamics of couple relationships, which areevident in patterns of action and attitude expressed over the course of the relationship. Ethical dynamics appear to correlate with partner abuse. The study suggests that the IJS may reliably identify victims of abuse and may discriminate between minor and severe levels of abuse. The IJS can be completed and scored in less than 10 min and may be useful for screening in mental health, medical, and social service agencies. Clinical guidelines and a case example are presented.