JVQ


jvq logoAvailable Versions of the JVQ-R2

The JVQ is comprised of several modules that cover different domains of youth victimization.

The Core JVQ includes 34 items that cover the following domains:  conventional crime, child maltreatment, peer & sibling victimization, sexual victimization, and witnessing & indirect victimization.

Additional supplemental JVQ items have been developed to obtain further detail on areas such as:  exposure to family violence, neglect, & relational victimization.  Follow-up items collect data on incident characteristics.

The best version for different circumstances will depend on available time and resources.  Any version can be used for the four most common purposes:  clinical assessment, community needs assessment, program evaluation, and research.

The Full Interview, usually computer-administered, offers the most complete information and is what we use in NatSCEV.  We recommend the Abbreviated Interview if it is possible to collect follow-ups but a computer is not available to  help with skip patterns in the interview.  For a briefer instrument or one that can be given as a self-administered questionnaire (instead of an interview), we recommend the Screener Sum Version.  If even that is too long, then the Reduced Item Version is the shortest alternative.  Many users also choose to use specific modules or items that meet their needs. 

There is no fee for the use of the JVQ-R2 in research or clinical practice, but we do require that all users properly acknowledge the source of the items.  Suggested citation:

Finkelhor, D., Hamby, S., Turner, H., & Ormrod, R. (2011).  The Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire:  2nd Revision (JVQ-R2).  Durham, NH:  Crimes Against Children Research Center.

Descriptions of screener items for the JVQ-R2 in Microsoft Word
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Descriptions of follow-up questions for the JVQ-R2 in Microsoft Word
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Subset of Items to Use with Infants and Toddlers in Microsoft Word
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1) Full Interview:  All screeners and all follow-ups.  Challenging to administer without a computer to correctly identify which follow-ups to ask and assist with skip patterns. 
Length:  Approx 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how many victimizations are reported.

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Download the youth version with supplementary items in Microsoft Word
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Dowload the caregiver version with supplementary items in Microsoft Word
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Download the adult retrospective version in Microsoft Word
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Download the adult retrospective version with supplementary items in Microsoft Word
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2) Abbreviated Interview:    The abbreviated interview includes screeners with a reduced set of follow-ups.  The files for this interview include the core JVQ items, but the interview can be adapted to include supplemental items or to only use the core JVQ modules items that are relevant for a particular project. This can be administered as a face-to-face or telephone interview, even without the assistance of a computer. 
Length:  Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

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Download the youth lifetime items only in Microsoft Word
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Download the youth past year items only in Microsoft Word
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Download only the adult retrospective items in Microsoft Word
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Dowload only the caregiver lifetime items in Microsoft Word
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Download only the caregiver past year items in Microsoft Word
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3) Screener Sum Version:     Basic screen questions only, with no follow-ups.  Users may select the most relevant ones if they do not wish to administer all items, or can add supplemental items to explore some forms of victimization in more detail.  Either the Screener Sum Version or Reduced Item Version is best suited for self-administered questionnaires. 
Length:  Approximately 10 to 15 minutes

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Download the youth lifetime version in Microsoft Word
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Download the youth past year version in Microsoft Word
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Download the caregiver lifetime version in Microsoft Word
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Download the caregiver past year in Microsoft Word
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Download the adult retrospective version in Microsoft Word
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4) Reduced Item Version:  12 of the basic screen questions only, with no follow-ups.  These 12 represent the major domains of the JVQ and can be used when time limitations preclude the use of longer versions. 
Length:  Approximately 5 to 10 minutes

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Download the youth lifetime version in Microsoft Word
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Download the youth past year version in Microsoft Word
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Download the caregiver lifetime version in Microsoft Word
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Download the caregiver past year version in Microsoft Word
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Download the adult retrospective version in Microsoft Word
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All of the above versions are available in the following forms that vary according to reporter and referent period.

Available forms   Referent period  
Reporter
Past year
Lifetime
Childhood (Birth to 17)
Youth (ages 8-17)
Yes
Yes
 
Caregiver
Yes
Yes
 
Adult Retrospective    
Yes