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Psychometrics of a Child Report Measure of Maternal Support Following Disclosure of Sexual Abuse

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dc.contributor.author Smith, D. W., Sawyer, G. K., Heck, N. C., Zajac, K., Solomon, D., Self-Brown, S., Danielson, C. K., … Ralston, M. E.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-26T15:56:30Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-26T15:56:30Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Smith, D. W., Sawyer, G. K., Heck, N. C., Zajac, K., Solomon, D., Self-Brown, S., Danielson, C. K., … Ralston, M. E. (2017). Psychometrics of a Child Report Measure of Maternal Support following Disclosure of Sexual Abuse. Journal of child sexual abuse, 26(3), 270-287. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5989563/
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3995
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to develop a psychometrically sound child-report measure of maternal support following disclosure of child sexual abuse. Maternal support following disclosure of child sexual abuse is an important predictor of child adjustment; however, this construct is not well defined, and a psychometrically sound method to assess maternal support from a child’s perspective does not exist. Demographic and abuse-specific information was collected via structured interview from 146 mother-child dyads presenting for an initial forensic evaluation at a child advocacy center. Mothers completed the Maternal Self-report Support Questionnaire, and children completed the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children and 32 items considered for inclusion in a new measure known as the Maternal Support Questionnaire – Child Report (MSQ-CR). Exploratory factor analysis of the MSQ-CR resulted in a three factor solution: Emotional Support (9 items), Skeptical Preoccupation (5 items), and Protection/Retaliation (6 items). Each factor demonstrated adequate internal consistency reliability. Analyses with the Maternal Self-report Support Questionnaire and the Trauma Symptom Checklist supported the construct and concurrent validity of the new measure. The MSQ-CR demonstrated sound psychometric properties. Future research is needed to determine whether the MSQ-CR provides a more sensitive approximation of maternal support following disclosure of sexual abuse, relative to measures of global parent-child relations. Additional research is needed to contextualize discrepancies between mother and child ratings of maternal support. Important limitations of the investigation are reviewed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject maternal support en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject traumatic stress en_US
dc.subject measure development en_US
dc.title Psychometrics of a Child Report Measure of Maternal Support Following Disclosure of Sexual Abuse en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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