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ERIC Number: EJ945447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0145-2134
Measurement of Emotional/Psychological Child Maltreatment: A Review
Tonmyr, Lil; Draca, Jasminka; Crain, Jennifer; MacMillan, Harriet L.
Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, v35 n10 p767-782 Oct 2011
Background: Emotional/psychological child maltreatment (ECM) is a major public health problem with serious consequences including emotional and behavioral problems. Nevertheless, ECM is an understudied area. Objectives: The aims of this review are to identify measures of ECM and to evaluate their psychometric properties and utilities. We provide a summary of ECM measures that have been tested for their reliability and validity, evaluate the quality of these assessments and suggest directions for future research. Methods: We searched PsycINFO and Medline databases from 2000 to 2010 in addition to a hand search of retrieved references; 2344 were identified and the abstracts reviewed independently by two authors to identify relevant articles. Using pre-established criteria, 144 of those articles were selected and reviewed in full to assess whether the instruments included a separate measure of ECM and its psychometric properties. Results: Forty-five articles examining 33 measures met the inclusion criteria and were selected for further review. The majority of measures demonstrated acceptable reliability; fewer measures had evaluated one or more types of validity. Conclusion: Both reliability and validity testing are required in order to establish more accurate measures of ECM. Practice implications: Reliable and valid measures are necessary to enhance our limited knowledge about the distribution, determinants and consequences of ECM. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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