Cross-cultural preliminary validation of a measure of social vulnerability in people with intellectual disabilities

Mireille Tabin, Cindy Diacquenod, Nicola De Palma, Fabienne Gerber, Claudio Straccia, Carlene Wilson, Markus Kosel, Geneviève Petitpierre

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Background: Social vulnerability refers to the ways in which an individual is at risk of being victimised. The Test of Interpersonal Competences and Personal Vulnerability [TICPV] is an Australian assessment tool designed for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) [Wilson et al. (1996). Vulnerability to criminal exploitation: Influence of interpersonal competence differences among people with mental retardation. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 40, 8–16.]. It aims to evaluate their social vulnerability. This study aims to conduct a preliminary cross-cultural validation of the TV-22, the French-language, enhanced and accessible version of the TICPV. Method: Twenty-nine French-speaking adults with ID answered the TV-22. The reliability and validity of this measure were assessed. Results: Performance on the test was shown to be internally consistent (Cronbach’s α =.89; McDonald’s Ω =.93), stable over time (r s(29) =.81, p <.01) and a valid measure of social vulnerability. Conclusions: Results provide psychometric support for the use of the TV-22. Further research is needed to confirm these results with a larger sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-79
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Issue number1
Early online date31 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • cross-cultural validation
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • social vulnerability
  • victimisation


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