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NCJ Number: 228574 Find in a Library
Title: Validation Study of the Dutch Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form: Factor Structure, Reliability, and Know-Groups Validity
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:8  Dated:August 2009  Pages:518-523
Author(s): Brett D. Thombs; David P. Berstein; Jill Lobbestael; Arnoud Arntz
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 6
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A structural validity study was conducted of the Dutch Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form (CTQ-SF).
Abstract: Highlights of the study findings include: (1) the hypothesized five-factor model of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form (CTQ-SF) fit the 24-item Dutch version of the CTQ-SF well; (2) the Dutch CTQ-SF effectively differentiated between patients receiving mental health treatment and non-clinical controls; and (3) the five scales of the Dutch CTQ-SF demonstrated adequate internal consistency reliability that was similar to previous studies of the English version of the CTQ-SF. The finding, provided initial evidence for the validity and reliability of the 24-item Dutch CTQ-SF, but showed that 1 translated item, I believe I was molested, was not a valid indicator of childhood sexual abuse in the Dutch version and should not be used. The CTQ-SF is a 28-item retrospective self-report questionnaire designed to assess 5 dimensions of childhood maltreatment: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. The Dutch CTQ-SF has been found to have good internal consistency in small samples of patients. In addition, scores on the five CTQ-SF scales among Dutch respondents showed good convergent validity with responses from a semi-structured interview for childhood trauma. However, no studies have tested the structural validity of the translated Dutch CTQ-SF. The purpose of this study was to test the factor structure, internal consistency reliability, and known-groups validity of a Dutch translation of the CTQ-SFG in a large sample of clinical and non-clinical respondents. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child Sexual Abuse; Evaluation measures; Instrument validation; Testing and measurement
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