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NCJ Number: NCJ 241959     Find in a Library
Title: Exploratory Factor Analysis and Psychometric Evaluation of the Teacher Reporting Attitude Scale for Child Sexual Abuse
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Author(s): Kerryann Walsh ; Mehdi Rassafiani ; Ben Mathews ; Ann Farrell ; Des Butler
  Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:21  Issue:5  Dated:September - October 2012  Pages:489 to 506
Date Published: 10/2012
Page Count: 18
  Annotation: This paper presents an evaluation of an instrument to measure teachers' attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse.
Abstract: This paper presents an evaluation of an instrument to measure teachers' attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse and discusses the instrument's merit for research into reporting practice. Based on responses from 444 Australian teachers, the Teachers' Reporting Attitude Scale for Child Sexual Abuse was evaluated using exploratory factor analysis. The scale isolated three dimensions: commitment to the reporting role, confidence in the system's response to reports, and concerns about reporting. These three factors accounted for 37.5 percent of the variance in the 14-item measure. Alpha coefficients for the subscales were 0.769 (commitment), 0.617 (confidence), and 0.661 (concerns). The findings provide insights into the complexity of studying teachers' attitudes toward reporting of child sexual abuse and have implications for future research. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Evaluation ; Educators child-abuse neglect role ; Child protection laws ; Attitudes toward victims ; Mandatory crime reporting ; Instrument validation ; Australia
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Research Council

Queensland University of Technology
Contract Number: DP664847
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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