Decision to Leave Scale: Perceived Reasons to Stay in or Leave Violent Relationships

  title={Decision to Leave Scale: Perceived Reasons to Stay in or Leave Violent Relationships},
  author={Helen M. Hendy and Doreen Eggen and Cheryl Gustitus and Kelli C. McLeod and Phillip Ng},
  journal={Psychology of Women Quarterly},
  pages={162 - 173}
The 30-item Decision to Leave Scale (DLS) was developed with 631 college women and 420 college women and women in shelters. Seven DLS subscales emerged for concerns in deciding to stay or leave: Fear of Loneliness, Child Care Needs, Financial Problems, Social Embarrassment, Poor Social Support, Fear of Harm, Hopes Things Change. Mean internal reliability was .73, mean test-retest reliability was .70. Discriminant validity was demonstrated by expected associations between DLS concerns and self… 

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