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Teachers’ attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse : problems with existing research leading to new scale development

Walsh, Kerryann M., Rassafiani, Mehdi, Mathews, Benjamin P., Farrell, Ann, & Butler, Desmond A. (2010) Teachers’ attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse : problems with existing research leading to new scale development. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 19(3), pp. 310-336.

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Abstract

This paper details a systematic literature review identifying problems in extant research relating to teachers’ attitudes towards reporting child sexual abuse, and offers a model for new attitude scale development and testing. Scale development comprised a five-phase process grounded in contemporary attitude theories including: a) developing the initial item pool; b) conducting a panel review; c) refining the scale via an expert focus group; d) building content validity through cognitive interviews; e) assessing internal consistency via field testing. The resulting 21-item scale displayed construct validity in preliminary testing. The scale may prove useful as a research tool, given the theoretical supposition that attitudes may be changed with time, context, experience, and education. Further investigation with a larger sample is warranted.

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ID Code: 33011
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: child sexual abuse, mandatory reporting, attitudes, teachers, Kerryann Walsh
DOI: 10.1080/10538711003781392
ISSN: 1053-8712
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Routledge
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2010 07:25
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:22

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