Title

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

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

5-4-2017

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Source Publication

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Source ISSN

1053-8712

Abstract

The study examined a new child report measure of maternal support following child sexual abuse. One hundred and forty-six mother–child dyads presenting for a forensic evaluation completed assessments including standardized measures of adjustment. Child participants also responded to 32 items considered for inclusion in a new measure, the Maternal Support Questionnaire–Child Report (MSQ-CR). Exploratory factor analysis of the Maternal Support Questionnaire–Child Report resulted in a three factor, 20-item solution: Emotional Support (9 items), Skeptical Preoccupation (5 items), and Protection/Retaliation (6 items). Each factor demonstrated adequate internal consistency. Construct and concurrent validity of the new measure were supported in comparison to other trauma-specific measures. The Maternal Support Questionnaire–Child Report demonstrated sound psychometric properties. Future research is needed to determine whether the Maternal Support Questionnaire–Child Report provides a more sensitive approximation of maternal support following disclosure of sexual abuse, relative to measures of global parent–child relations and to contextualize discrepancies between mother and child ratings of maternal support.

Comments

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Vol. 26, No. 3 (May 2017). DOI.

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