Turkish Version of the Multidimensional Measure of Emotional Abuse: Preliminary Psychometrics in College Students

Demirtas E. T., Sumer Z. H., Murphy C. M.

VIOLENCE AND VICTIMS, vol.33, pp.275-295, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1891/0886-6708.vv-d-16-00087
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.275-295
  • Keywords: multidimensional emotional abuse, psychological aggression, perpetration and victimization, dating college students, scale adaptation, DATING VIOLENCE VICTIMIZATION, INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, PSYCHOLOGICAL AGGRESSION, PHYSICAL AGGRESSION, CONFLICT, ATTITUDE, SAMPLE
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of the current study was to investigate the basic psychometrics of the Multidimensional Measure of Emotional Abuse (MMEA; Murphy & Hoover, 1999) in a Turkish sample. Two hundred and fifty-four college students participated and completed the Turkish version of the MMEA (MMEA-TR) along with the Physical Assault of Conflict Tactics Scale-Revised, Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory, Relationship Assessment Scale, and Social Desirability Questionnaire. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the four-factor structure of the MMEA-TR for both victimization and perpetration reports. This factor structure was cross-validated with an independent older sample of 328 dating college students for perpetration reports. Satisfactory criterion validity and internal consistency reliability results were obtained as well. Based on the preliminary investigation, the MMEA-TR appears to be a psychometrically sound measure of psychological dating aggression perpetration and victimization among college students in Turkey. The results, limitations, and recommendations for future studies were discussed.