Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Psychology of Violence: The Measurement of Violence and Victimization
A Special Issue for Psychology of Violence Edited by John Grych and Sherry Hamby
Psychology of Violence invites manuscripts for a special issue on the measurement of violence and victimization, including self-report, observational, and experimental techniques for assessing violence and mechanisms proposed to cause violence. It is our hope that this special issue will help propel the study of violence forward and become a resource for anyone looking for guidance on conducting state-of-the-art research on violence.
Violence research was launched in part by the realization that people would disclose involvement in violence on confidential self-report surveys, whether this involvement involved victimization, perpetration, or both. Many surveys have now been developed to measure violence and related constructs. The field has also seen advances in experimental approaches to the study of violence, from Milgram's obedience experiment to modern techniques such as the Hot Sauce paradigm.
Our success in measuring violence has transformed research, intervention, and policy. However, existing measurement strategies have also produced unresolved controversies, such as questions about gender patterns in intimate partner violence and the impact of exposure to media violence. No field of science can rest on its laurels and the need for innovation is ever present.
This issue is intended to address the primary methodological limitations getting in the way of better understanding the causes, rates, and consequences of violence, especially those pertaining to measurement, and to offer potential solutions to these problems. It will focus on all facets of the measurement of violence, including but not limited to those suggested below.
We conceptualize violence broadly, including child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, bullying, community violence, teen dating violence, elder abuse, sexual aggression, conventional crime, psychological aggression, suicidal behavior, and stalking, and papers addressing any form of violence are welcome.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
New approaches to the measurement of any form of violence or victimization and the mechanisms hypothesized to cause violence
Assessment of aggression and violence in laboratory settings
Innovative methods for studying mechanisms hypothesized to cause violence (e.g., implicit cognitive processes, biological/genetic factors).
Measuring violence equally validly across groups that vary by gender, ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation or other groups who may experience different rates, risks, and consequences for violence
Developmental considerations in assessing violence
Papers focusing on conceptual or definitional issues
Challenges and approaches for obtaining accurate disclosure of violence & victimization
Diagnostic accuracy (such as estimates of sensitivity and specificity)
Ethical issues in violence measurement
Reviews of the state of violence measurement within or across sub-disciplines
Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal's submission portal. Please note in your cover letter that you are submitting for the special issue. Deadline for submitting manuscripts is August 25, 2013. Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue or for other manuscripts can be sent to John Grych or Sherry Hamby.