Poverty is a risk factor for intimate partner violence (IPV); however, little is known about the economic state at which women are no longer at risk for IPV due to their economic status, which is economic solvency. A Model of Economic Solvency in women has been developed from the literature that includes four factors: human capital, social capital, sustainable employment, and independence. The purpose of this research is to validate the model in a sample of women reporting IPV. A confirmatory factor analysis was performed to test the model using data from 280 abused women. Examination of the model yielded adequate fit with the data, indicating that the model is valid for use with women reporting IPV. The validation of the model offers strength of association between constructs and can be used to plan interventions to improve economic solvency in abused women to potentially reduce violence and facilitate recovery.
Gilroy, Heidi; McFarlane, Judith; Fredland, Nina; Cesario, Sandra; Nava, Angeles; and Maddoux, John
Using a Model of Economic Solvency to Understand the Connection between Economic Factors and Intimate Partner Violence.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 19(6), 305-325.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol19/iss6/20