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ERIC Number: EJ980199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Evaluating the Risk of Child Abuse: The Child Abuse Risk Assessment Scale (CARAS)
Chan, Ko Ling
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v27 n5 p951-973 Mar 2012
The present study developed the Child Abuse Risk Assessment Scale (CARAS), an actuarial instrument for the assessment of the risk of physical child abuse. Data of 2,363 Chinese parents (47.7% male) living in Hong Kong were used in the analyses. Participants were individually interviewed with a questionnaire assessing their perpetration of child abuse and some theoretically or empirically tested factors associated with child abuse. Using the split-half validation procedure, the 5-factor, 64-item CARAS was created and validated. When applying to the second half of the split sample, the CARAS had a sensitivity of 81.9%, a specificity of 77.8%, and an overall accuracy of 78.1%. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) was .91. Overall, our findings showed that the CARAS is a simple, systematic and validated instrument identifying at-risk population of child maltreatment in Chinese societies. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Conflict Tactics Scale; Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale