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NCJ Number: 225308 Find in a Library
Title: Measurement of Victimization in Adolescence: Development and Validation of the Childhood Experiences of Violence Questionnaire
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:32  Issue:11  Dated:November 2008  Pages:1037-1057
Author(s): Christine A. Walsh; Harriet L. MacMillan; Nico Trocme; Ellen Jamieson; Michael H. Boyle
Date Published: November 2008
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Dept of Justice
Ottawa , ON K1A 0H8, Canada
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0W9, Canada
Interdepartmental Cmtte on Family Violence
Statistics Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6, Canada
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study discussed data on the Childhood Experiences of Violence Questionnaire (CEVQ).
Abstract: Results found that the CEVQ is a brief, reliable, valid, and informative instrument for assessing exposure to victimization and maltreatment among youth. According to child protection workers, the CEVQ adequately covered the domains of child abuse and had significant relevancy ratings for all forms of victimization. Experts regarded acts of physical punishment as physically abusive and many other items were judged as having relevance to either or both physical abuse (PA) and sexual abuse (SA). As predicted, there were significant associations (in 33 of 40 tests) between reported exposures to all types of victimization measured by the CEVQ and self-reported levels of emotional-behavioral problems. Most of the non-significant differences involved indirect aggression. It was not clear how to interpret these non-significant findings; given the number of tests and the nature of the hypotheses, two or three of them could be non-significant by chance. Differences in levels of indirect aggression between youth reporting exposure to abuse and victimization have received less attention in the published literature than the other types of disorders examined in the current study. Data were collected in a formal assessment of the content validity of the CEVQ which enlisted an 11-member panel of Child Welfare Workers who judged the relevance of each CEVQ item. Figure, tables, references and appended questionnaire
Main Term(s): Abused children; Questionnaires
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Problem behavior; Victim attitudes; Victim profiles; Victimization surveys; Victims of violent crime
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