Table 3

Item Analysis for Each Study Scale

Item Mean (SD)

Item-Total#

Alpha if Deleted


Preparedness (n = 864)

1. I would like to talk about the issue of abuse but don't know what to say^

2.93 (0.72)

0.62

0.86

2. I would be hesitant to ask about WA because I have little or no experience in dealing with this situation^

3.01 (0.68)

0.65

0.86

3. I feel prepared asking about abuse of women who appear to me to be at risk of having been or being abused*

2.91 (0.70)

0.67

0.85

4. I feel prepared asking about abuse of women who do not appear to me to be at risk of having been or being abused*

2.50 (0.71)

0.58

0.87

5. I feel ready to respond to a woman who says "no" to my question about abuse*

2.75 (0.62)

0.63

0.86

6. I feel ready to respond to a women who says "yes" to my question about abuse*

2.94 (0.61)

0.71

0.85

7. I feel prepared sharing information on woman abuse to clients who respond "no"*

2.65 (0.63)

0.54

0.87

8. I am hesitant to ask about woman WA because I have not been appropriately trained^

2.77 (0.74)

0.69

0.85

Self-confidence (n = 878)

1. I am confident with my ability to address the issue of WA*

2.76 (0.71)

0.58

0.76

2. I feel that I am able to support this woman while she gets the right help*

2.92 (0.62)

0.53

0.77

3. I would feel confident if I were required to ask women about abuse*

2.83 (0.72)

0.53

0.77

4. I feel that I am a competent helper whether or not the woman and her situation change at this time*

2.88 (0.56)

0.60

0.76

5. I feel comfortable supporting the woman during the interview even though she may not be ready to deal with this problem in the same way I would want her to*

3.10 (0.55)

0.54

0.76

6. I feel comfortable discussing these practice situations with colleagues to help me deal effectively with WA*

3.10 (0.55)

0.37

0.79

7. I feel comfortable helping this woman access resources to help deal with the abuse*

2.98 (0.67)

0.53

0.77

Practitioner lack of control (n = 898)

1. Since this is a private family matter, I should not interfere^

3.52 (0.56)

0.53

0.76

2. There isn't anything I can do unless she asks for help^

3.21 (0.60)

0.51

0.76

3. I would not ask her about WA because I don't think she is ready to tell me^

3.18 (0.57)

0.60

0.75

4. I feel that I am not able to help women who are abused^

3.21 (0.62)

0.48

0.77

5. I am reluctant to intervene in case I make matters worse^

3.15 (0.62)

0.61

0.74

6. I would not offer any assistance since there is no effective treatment for WA^

2.98 (0.60)

0.46

0.77

7. I would give her written information about WA and/or available resources, but would not talk about her situation^

3.48 (0.55)

0.42

0.78

Comfort following disclosure (n = 910)

1. I feel I am able to listen to women's stories as they disclose the abuse they have experienced*

3.26 (0.54)

0.63

NA

2. I am able to continue the discussion after a disclosure to assess the needs of the client*

3.10 (0.59)

0.63

NA

Professional supports (n = 883)

1. I feel comfortable discussing these practice situations with colleagues to help them deal effectively with woman abuse*

2.74 (0.71)

0.44

0.73

2. I have enough supports from colleagues, mentors, supervisors, etc. to help me feel comfortable in asking about woman abuse and in dealing with the responses*

2.77 (0.74)

0.51

0.69

3. I participate with my practice colleagues in planning and evaluating methods to develop or improve program delivery regarding WA*

2.20 (0.74)

0.56

0.66

4. I have opportunities for consultations regarding how to deal with situations such as Carol's*

2.48 (0.79)

0.61

0.62

Practice pressures (n = 887)

1. I may forget to ask her about WA^

2.97 (0.70)

0.41

0.72

2. I just don't have time today to address this possible abuse issue^

3.12 (0.65)

0.53

0.67

3. I am reluctant to ask about WA because there are not sufficient community resources to provide assistance^

3.02 (0.64)

0.52

0.67

4. I am hesitant to ask about WA because I might have to call the CAS or the police^

3.15 (0.64)

0.51

0.68

5. I feel frustrated because I don't have the time to talk about abuse^

2.65 (0.73)

0.50

0.68

Abuse inquiry (n = 875)

1. I routinely initiate the topic of WA*

2.33 (0.72)

0.50

0.65

2. I would ask her directly if her husband has ever hit her*

2.98 (0.74)

0.47

0.66

3. I won't put her on the spot by initiating the topic of abuse^

2.96 (0.63)

0.46

0.67

4. I am hesitant to ask about WA in case the woman stops seeing me^

3.13 (0.55)

0.41

0.68

5. I am hesitant to ask some clients about WA because to them it is culturally acceptable^

3.04 (0.57)

0.32

0.70

6. I would introduce WA by stating that abuse frequently occurs and that often women are hesitant to talk about it*

2.92 (0.67)

0.41

0.68

7. It is an expectation to inquire about WA*

2.79 (0.69)

0.37

0.69

Practitioner consequences of asking (n = 896)

1. I worry about my own safety when inquiring about WA^

3.06 (0.66)

0.40

0.49

2. I think about possible legal consequences when asking about WA^

2.81 (0.70)

0.39

0.50

3. I am hesitant to ask about WA because I also treat/deal with other family members^

3.06 (0.58)

0.41

0.48


item-total#: Item-total correlation; WA: Woman abuse, CAS: Children's Aid Society; NA: Not applicable

Items scoring ^: strongly agree (1), agree (2), disagree (3), strongly disagree (4)

*: strongly agree (4), agree (3), disagree (2), strongly disagree (1)

Gutmanis et al. BMC Public Health 2007 7:12   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-12

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