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Age Adjustment and Recall Bias in the Analysis of Domestic Violence Data: Methodological Improvements Through the Application of Survival Analysis Methods

NCJ Number
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 17 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2002 Pages: 199-221
Mieko Yoshihama; Brenda W. Gillespie
Date Published
September 2002
23 pages
This methodological paper reviews the usefulness of survival analysis methods to provide age adjustment in the analysis of domestic violence data.
The study employed a community-based random sample of Los Angeles women of Japanese descent. Survival analysis methods improve the estimation of lifetime probability of domestic violence, improve identification of patterns of first victimization over the lifespan, and provide methods of testing risk factors for first victimization while adjusting for the respondent's age. Most important, these methods allow a new investigation of recall bias. Results suggest that lifetime probability of abuse may have been substantially underestimated in previous studies because of problems in recall/disclosure encountered by middle-aged women. The study considers one of its most striking findings was the substantially lower proportion of middle-aged women reporting abuse that occurred during their younger years compared to the proportion of younger women reporting abuse. Tables, figures, references


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