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Table 3 Item Analysis for Each Study Scale

From: Factors influencing identification of and response to intimate partner violence: a survey of physicians and nurses

  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
  1. item-total#: Item-total correlation; WA: Woman abuse, CAS: Children's Aid Society; NA: Not applicable
  2. Items scoring ^: strongly agree (1), agree (2), disagree (3), strongly disagree (4)
  3. *: strongly agree (4), agree (3), disagree (2), strongly disagree (1)