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Title: Development and Preliminary Psychometric Properties of the Multidimensional Neglectful Behavior Scale--Child Report
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:9  Issue:5  Dated:November 2004  Pages:409-428
Author(s): Glenda Kaufman Kantor; Melissa K. Holt; Carolyn J. Mebert; Murray A. Straus; Kerry M. Drach; Lawrence R. Ricci; Crystal A. MacAllum; Wendy Brown
Date Published: November 2004
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: R01MD39144-01;2002-JW-BX-0002;T32MH15161
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the development of the Multidimensional Neglectful Behavior Scale-Child Report (MNBS-CR) and offers preliminary data on its reliability and validity.
Abstract: One of the core reasons child neglect has remained the most elusive form of child maltreatment is the difficulty of defining and measuring child neglect. Moreover, few standardized questionnaires regarding child neglect have been written for child respondents. As such, this article describes the development a new neglect assessment scale for young children and presents preliminary data concerning its reliability and validity. The MNBS-CR broadly measures neglect across four domains: cognitive, emotional, physical, and supervisory. It also assesses exposure to violence, alcohol-related neglect, abandonment, and children’s appraisals of parenting. Participants were a clinical sample of 144 children ages 6 through 15 years and a comparison sample of 87 children who were administered the MNBS-CR. Results of statistical analyses revealed high reliability of the MNBS-CR; higher reliability was found for the older children in the sample. Among the older children, the MNBS-CR Supervisory scale was significantly associated with the Child Behavior Checklist, while total MNBS-CR scores were significantly associated with clinical presentations of behavioral disorders. Neglected children scored significantly higher on the MNBS-CR than did the comparison sample. The preliminary findings suggest that the MNBS-CR has potential as a screening tool for neglect with children. Future evaluation of the MNBS-CR should examine its concurrent validity through analyses, for example, of the concordance of the MNBS-CR with specific neglect clinical classifications. Figure, tables, appendix, references
Main Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect
Index Term(s): Child victim interviews; Instrument validation
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