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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728


RODRIGUEZ-CARBALLEIRA, Álvaro et al. Taxonomy and hierarchy of psychological abuse strategies in intimate partner relationships. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.3, pp.916-926. ISSN 1695-2294.

Taking a psychosocial perspective this study analyses the components of psychological abuse in intimate adult partner violence against women. Following a review of studies on the subject the main objective that emerged was the need for a new taxonomy of psychological abuse strategies, one which should include their corresponding operational definitions. The proposed new classification was then evaluated by means of a Delphi study involving 32 experts from the academic and professional worlds. These experts were asked to assess the suitability of the system categories and to rate the severity of the impact made by each of the strategies on the global phenomenon of psychological abuse in couples. The results show that the experts ratified the new classification of strategies and the corresponding operational definitions, thereby endorsing their content and construct validity. When rating the strategies according to the severity of their impact, those of an emotional nature were considered the most severe, followed by those related to the immediate context, those of a cognitive nature and, finally, behavioural strategies. We discuss the results and their implications.

Keywords : psychological abuse; intimate partner violence; Delphi method; taxonomy; severity.

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