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Testing the Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance of the Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationship Inventory

NCJ Number
254035
Date Published
2019
Length
7 pages
Author(s)
Ryan C. Shorey; Allan Nicholas; Joseph R. Cohen; Paula J. Fite; Gregory L. Stuart
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Publication Type
Test/Measurement, Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Description
Grant Number(s)
2016-R2-CX-0035, 2012-WG-BX-0005
Annotation
This study conducted a confirmatory factor analysis of the Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationship Inventory (CADRI; Wolfe et al., 2001) and tested whether the factor structure was invariant across sex, race/ethnicity, and time.
Abstract
Intimate-partner violence (IPV) in adolescent and young-adult dating relationships is a prevalent and serious public health problem. The measurement of IPV across adolescence has commonly relied on the CADRI, which postulates five distinct yet related types of IPV (i.e., threatening, verbal/emotional, relational, physical, and sexual); however, the CADRI has received minimal examination to confirm its factor structure, in particular, whether the factor structure is invariant across sex, race/ethnicity, and time, despite the clinical use of this measure for screening and treatment purposes. The current study conducted a confirmatory factor analysis of the CADRI and tested whether the factor structure was invariant across sex, race/ethnicity, and time. Adolescents (N = 1,042, 56 percent girls, mean age at baseline = 15.09, SD = 0.79) from high schools in the southwestern United States completed the CADRI annually for six consecutive years. Results confirmed the five-factor structure of the CADRI and demonstrated measurement invariance across sex, race/ethnicity, and time. The findings suggest that the CADRI captures five related but distinct types of IPV and that use of the CADRI is appropriate across sex, race/ethnicity, and time. (publisher abstract modified)
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