• Women's Health Research
Research Article

Psychometric Evaluation of Three Adapted Measures Designed to Evaluate a Legal Advocacy Service Program

Women's Health Research [2021; 3(1):1-16]
Received: 22 March 2021, Accepted: 16 April 2021, Published: 22 April 2021

Sexual assault is a prevalent issue with long-term effects on physical and mental health. Legal advocacy services provide support and resources to reduce challenges associated with the legal system. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a legal advocacy program's effectiveness. Phase I utilized qualitative analysis to develop the program evaluation protocol. We interviewed stakeholders (N = 9) and used the consensual qualitative research (CQR); [1-3] method to describe perceived outcomes of the legal advocacy program. Results indicated four domains and 26 core ideas, suggesting three potential measures for legal advocacy program evaluation. Phase II used psychometric evaluation of the modified measures to address the results of Phase I. We analyzed the structural validity of the Legal Advocacy Services Satisfaction Survey (LASSS), Sexual Assault Coping Self-Efficacy Measure (SACSEM), and the Modified Inventory of Socially Supportive Behaviors (MISSB). Only participants over age 18 who identified as female were included in analyses. Participants completed the three modified measures three times, approximately every three months. Our results provided psychometric support for using the measures in this context. Future directions will evaluate how the effectiveness of legal advocacy services varies across demographic factors.

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